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TABLE OF CONTENT

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DESIGN+ARCHITECTURE THE THRILL OF DISCOVERY

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ART

THE GRAMMARIAN OF COLOR

IN ISRAEL 76 LIFE THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM 20

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ROSH HASHANAH PLATO’S CAVE AND ROSH HASHANAH

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YOM KIPPUR THYSELF FORGIVE

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SUKKOT SURROUNDED BY CARE

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SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH FOR YOU

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CALENDAR & BLESSINGS


PARTY DESIGN DECOR

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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ON THE MAP

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FASHION

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PROFILE

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LIFE IN ISRAEL

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BUENOS AIRES

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THE GRAMMARIAN OF COLOR

CURATORS AND CREATORS

UNIQUE DESIGNS

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

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106 BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR FEEL GOOD

108 CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 110 ON THE TABLE FOOD & WINE NURTURING THE SOUL

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n these times when everything happens so fast, sometimes it’s important to just stop. Stop for a moment and think about where we’re going, where our lives are headed, and continue doing what we feel is right, or change directions if we feel it isn’t. These months of Elul and Tishrei, in which we celebrate the beginning of the year, give us that opportunity. These days of introspection and reflection in which G-d judges us and decides how our next year will be, are a perfect time to review who we are and who we want to become. As Rabbi Dov Greenberg mentioned in his article, Maimonides saw in Rosh Hashanah a moment of awakening. Dedicating time and giving importance to our faith, our family, the community and to the work we do will surely lead our lives to great places. Looking ahead to our goals, sometimes we think they are so difficult that we can’t accomplish them. I would like to share with you one simple strategy that I recently learned: Name one thing that you want to accomplish but you think is too overwhelming. Well, pick one small detail of that goal, the smallest one and start there. Take that initial first step and from then on, one more step at a time. In time you will see that what seemed like an insurmountable goal appears to be within your reach. After hearing the Shofar, let’s seize this new year, go after our goals and strive for the best possible selves that we can be. Wishing you Shanah Tova Umetukah,

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A LESSON FROM RABBI AKIVA

THE ART OF

SIMPLIFICATION THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW RABBI AKIVA SIMPLIFIED A SITUATION TO HANDLE IT PROPERLY, HOW HE USED PSHAT TO OVERCOME A CHALLENGING MOMENT. THIS LESSON OF WISDOM CAN BE APPLIED TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.

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n later years, Rabbi Akiva was considered one of the sages of the generation, and represented Jewish interests to the authorities of the Roman Empire, which at that time was occupying the Land of Israel. The Roman governor, Tinius Rufus, liked to engage in intellectual bouts with Rabbi Akiva, but he never seemed to be able to beat the sage. The governor’s wife, Rufina, pointed out that Rabbi Akiva’s wisdom came from his connection to Torah; if he could be separated from it, he would no longer present a challenge. To that end, she offered to seduce him. Yet, when Rufina went to Rabbi Akiva, she was unable to do so, neither with her alluring manner nor with her utter beauty. In fact, rather than falling for the seduction or harshly and insensitively rejecting the governess, Rabbi Akiva responded in the most bizarre manner: first, he spat on the ground, then he laughed and finally he cried. Rabbi Akiva spat on the ground to remind himself that the seductive, beautiful woman standing before him was conceived from a drop of sperm, not too different from the drop of mucus on the ground. Note that Rabbi Akiva did not just think about the point of origin, but actually performed the action of spitting in order to make the comparison between the drop of mucous and the beautiful woman before him more tangible and something he could actually see. Once we are able to bring the problem down to size, we can more clearly see the answer and our strife transforms into solutionoriented action. Rabbi Akiva also laughed because he foresaw that this woman would eventually leave her husband, convert to Judaism and marry him. He laughed with joy at the possibility of this happening, knowing that his ability to overcome this challenge would be a catalyst

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for transformation. Once we look past the challenge, we too, will realize that overcoming it will put us, and often a significant other, on another level altogether, which we would never have reached without the challenge. Indeed, his actions and fortitude and internal strength, had such an impact on Rufina, that she began to study Judaism herself in search of the wisdom that she saw personified in Rabbi Akiva. Eventually, she did convert to Judaism and became his wife. Finally, Rabbi Akiva cried. First, he cried because of the fact that such beauty would eventually be consigned to the grave, where it would be consumed by insects and worms. In this way, too, he resisted her advances, foreseeing her current alluring beauty broken down to another very real form. Rabbi Akiva also cried introspectively, aware that in the end, even when there is success, another level awaits to be reached. Just as the cells within our body are constantly dying and being replaced, so too, spiritually, we reach a stage that immediately becomes null and void, because right around the corner a new challenge is waiting to take us to the next level. And if we know to ascend to each level using the same process of simplification, then a normally overwhelming and challenging climb, becomes exhilarating, filled with childlike anticipation. In Hebrew, this whole concept is called pshat. Though translated as “simplicity,” the word pshat shares its root with the verb l’havesheet, meaning, “to undress,” which gives us a clue to its real meaning. When we get undressed, we remove all that clothes—the garments, the emotions, the rationalizations, and the labels. When we remove all that, we discover the essence: simple, beautiful light in everyone and in every situation.

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BUENOS AIRES THE NEW ART CITY DESTINATION BY DINA SZEINBLUM

BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT AND PASSIONATE, OFTEN CALLED THE PARIS OF SOUTH AMERICA, THIS LATIN-AMERICAN CITY WITH EUROPEAN FLAIR, FAMOUS FOR ITS TANGO, LITERATURE, AMAZING FOOD, MALBEC WINE AND POLO, IS ALSO THE ULTIMATE NEW ART CITY DESTINATION. WE EXPLORED THE VIBRANT AND ECLECTIC MULTICULTURAL METROPOLIS, WHICH THIS SEPTEMBER 2018, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES, PUSHING THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FORWARD, WILL BE HOME TO THE NEW INITIATIVE ART BASEL CITIES WEEK PROGRAM.

The Art Basel Cities House at Basavilbaso street in Buenos Aires.


THE PORTEÑOS Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital and largest port city, situated on the west coast of the tawny-colored Río de la Plata or River Plate is home to almost three million porteños, as the locals are known. Sounds of the bandoneon, the taste of Malbec and the aroma of coffee surrounds this atmospheric city where the romantic past blends with the new and trend-setting present. Rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century, inspired in Paris and Madrid, its architecture is evidence of a golden age, a belle époque. Still with many cobblestone streets lined with adorable European-style cafés overflowing on every sidewalk, full of chic boutiques, great monuments, and public spaces, this city is all about trendiness, charm and grandeur. Over the last two centuries, waves of immigrants-- mainly Spaniards, Italians, Eastern Europeans and the largest Jewish community in Latin America, of whom arrived during WWII-- have shaped the city’s cultural landscape, which makes Buenos Aires feel like a European city with a Latin American vibe. With a strong identity, the porteños had navigated the struggles against a history of unpredictable economic conditions and recurring political crises, very similar to those experienced in Europe. Thanks to their flexibility and ability to absorb the country’s complexity, they have developed a peculiar aptitude to go with the flow, turning this chaotic and sophisticated Latin American city into a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan community which today buzzes with a passion that is entirely its own. Famous for having one of the highest psychiatrist-per-capita rate, the passionate and sometimes moody and frenetic locals are obsessed with soccer, culture and music and they love street life. Even though the city is full of amazing places, from museums to art galleries, the real essence and magic of Buenos Aires lies in its streets: the cafes, bars, and the traditional bodegones or corner restaurants, which are the perfect locales for long passionate debates, lingering meals or simply coffee breaks to watch the world saunter by. 34

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As a rule, around 5 p.m. the locals have merienda [snack] with coffee, their famous mate, or tea, thus dinner never happens before 8 or 9 p.m. Once the sun sets, this rich and cultural city flares with a special energy, and after and “aperitivo” - casual evening drink- , the city’s thriving nightlife begins to offer an extensive list of activities, events, entertainment, and leisure options.

SPECIAL 2018 ART WEEK IN BUENOS AIRES A powerful hunger for culture and art, combined with a bustling creativity that is maybe a cathartic reaction to their troubled past, made of these porteños a thriving force which has transformed the city into a vibrant urban art scene. Pushed forward lately by the creative industries and cultural authorities, promoting and supporting the newly-built Distrito de las Artes [District of The Arts] and a strong cultural policy a new Art Week Program event was launched last fall 2017. In that context, the City of Buenos Aires, in a long-term collaboration with the renowned Swiss international art fairs organizer, and as part of the Art Basel Cities Initiative, had established a center for its activities program: The Art Basel City House, in the heart of the city—a beautiful beaux-arts palace in the Retiro neighborhood, which through its architecture evokes the past of this grand city in its Belle Époque. This fall, the program will celebrate a specially-curated Art Week program featuring “Hopscotch” by Cecilia Alemani, which will take place from September 6 to 12, inviting the international art scene audience to an artistic journey through the city with local and international artists, and art and cultural institutions. For those art lovers who want to adventure into this event week or visit this new “Art-Destination” city, we explored the city’s most important quarters, called barrios and its key must-go places in this bubbling city.


LOS BARRIOS The city of Buenos Aires is divided into many “Barrios” or districts. Mobilizing throughout the city is fairly easy by cabs, subways and buses, available at nearly every corner. As evidence of Buenos Aires’ ardent eclecticism, in this city you can find from trendy and vibrant fashion areas in Palermo Soho, upscale surroundings in La Recoleta to colorful art clusters at La Boca. Also worth mentioning are the hip bar scene at the Retiro neighborhood, the Almagro area for tango aficionados and particularly along the Parisian-style Avenida de Mayo and throughout the historic barrios of San Telmo, San Nicolás, and Monserrat, the grand Spanish and Italianate buildings which stand as a testament to the city’s proud immigrant past. In the City Center and Plaza De Mayo is the main street-level wide artery Avenida 9 de Julio, centered by a landmark obelisk that was constructed to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary in 1936. Nearby by is the enormous Teatro Colón, one of the world’s grandest opera houses, built in the era of Puccini between 1890 and 1908. Plaza de Mayo is the main city square, and the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires, where you can find the historical hall Cabildo and the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, where from its balcony, presidents and personalities such as Eva “Evita” Perón have addressed the public from its balcony.

Only blocks away you can find the Kirchner Cultural Center, a stunning 9-floor French-empire style historic building dedicated to music, theatre, dance, and art, and the classical Cafe Tortoni, a historic late 1900s continental decó cafe-ballroom-- a true trip back in time. In Recoleta, a Paris-like luxury quarter from the late 1900s, worthly to be visit, are the Museum of Fine Arts, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery are both worth visiting. In exquisite empire and Louis XV style is the classic Alvear Palace Hotel with a rooftop bar, and the Palacio Duhau built in 1890, modeled after the Château du Marais near Paris. Close to Recoleta is Palermo Chico, the city’s most exclusive residential enclave, where you find the MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires. Northwest of Recoleta lies Palermo, a residential quarter which contains the National Polo Fields, a handsome racetrack, and Los Parques de Palermo, also called El Rosedal, with thousands of acres of pretty groves and rose gardens, and perhaps the single most astonishing modern structure in Buenos Aires: the Planetarium. The Museo Sivori is also there inside the Parque Tres de Febrero. The south side of Buenos Aires has the barrios of La Boca, San Telmo and Barracas, a tourist area full of street arts, the Milongas and Tango, antique shops, art galleries and centuries-old facades at every turn, including the San Telmo Market, founded in 1897.

LEFT PAGE Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, San Telmo. Caminito Street, La Boca. RIGHT PAGE Avenida de Mayo view. Monumento a los Españoles, Palermo. Casa Rosada (The Pink House- Government House). San Telmo Cafe, Detail.


At Plaza Defensa, weekends provide an open antiquities market and live tango performances. Close by is the renovated Museum of Modern Art of the City of Buenos Aires, in Avenida San Juan. In Barracas is the “Usina del Arte” a historical building for the Symphonic Orchestra and big spaces for art and cultural events. In Boca lies the famous street “Caminito”, a cobbled street of brightly-colored painted houses, full of artists and craftspeople selling their crafts. Also worth visiting there is Magallanes Street, the Proa Foundation and the iconic Bombonera Stadium, home to the Boca Juniors soccer team. In contrast to La Boca, is one of the city’s youngest neighborhoods: Puerto Madero. This regenerated portside area with luxury buildings is the city’s newest spot to spend the evening enjoying food, art, and nightlife. The Faena Art Center, a non-profit with a second location in Miami, is also located there, providing a platform for local, new and international artists. For art, it’s great to visit Palermo Hollywood, a trendy and vibrant area where you find one of the city’s iconic galleries, Nora Fisch. Another is Villa Crespo, where you’ll find the Ruth Benzacar Gallery. Villa Crespo, together with Once and Abasto, are also home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America. with around 200.000 Jews. Among the many kosher spots there, you find Benaim, a casual and trendy beer hall with a killer outdoor patio. You also have kosher shops La Crespo and La Pastroneria. Not far away from this kosher cluster, there is Mishiguene restaurant, where Chef Tomás Kalika uses his Jewish background and Middle Eastern flavors to create what he calls “immigrants’ food.” Close by is the Byzantine-style Temple Libertad, the first synagogue built in Buenos Aires which is a national historical monument and home to a Jewish museum. At the corner of Calle Arroyo and Suipacha is The Memory Garden, the Plaza Embajada de Israel, an open-air memorial on the site of the Israeli embassy destroyed by a 1992 terrorist attack, and on Pasteur street stands the AMIA Community Center Memorial honoring the victims of the second terrorist attack to the community, both very meaningful and worth visiting memorials. Buenos Aires not only has good air as it names implies, but it also offers a very good and dynamic life, making it one of the most eclectic and interesting destinations in Latin America.

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Buenos Aires’ main opera house and a most prominent landmark. Occupying an entire city block and with a stunning interior, it is a world-class forum with astounding acoustics for opera, ballet and classical music. Its magnificent iconic building reflects all the old-grandeur of the city.

BARRIO: PALERMO / INFANTA ISABEL 555 Known as Bosques de Palermo [Palermo Woods], an open parkland with small lakes and art-deco rose gazebos, it holds Planetarium, one of the most extraordinary modern structures in Buenos Aires, and the Museo Eduardo Sívori [Eduardo Sivori Museum]. It also contains the Jardín de los Poetas [Garden of the Poets], a garden with more than 18,000 roses in the heart of Parque Tres de Febrero [February Third park] filled with bronze busts of famous wordsmiths, from Luigi Pirandello to William Shakespeare.

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BARRIO: RETIRO / ARROYO Y SUIPACHA CORNER In Calle Arroyo, lies the Plaza Embajada de Israel [Embassy of Israel] also known as Plaza de la Memoria [Memory Square]. It is an open-air memorial on the site of the former Israeli embassy, destroyed in the 1992 terrorist attack.

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In the emblematic quarter of San Telmo, the “Moderno” The Museum of the City of Buenos Aires, is a must-go art destination, dedicated to modern art from 1920 to the present. A block away from the museum you can visit the San Telmo market (Bolivar 970) built in 1897 by J.A. Buschiazzo, the same architect who designed the Cementerio de la Recoleta [Recoleta cemetery]. Originally created for immigrants, it has served locals since 1897.

FAENA ART CENTER BARRIO: PUERTO MADERO / AIME PAINE 1169 Faena Art Center is the cultural center of the Faena district of Buenos Aires, a residential and cultural community in the Puerto Madero waterfront. A nonprofit with a branch in Miami, Faena provides a platform for local, new and international artists. The 1900’s stylish building, an old mill, retains all of its turn-of-the-century details.

5. This is a landmark office building, one of the most beautiful buildings in town, completed in 1923. A national historic building, it was Latin America’s tallest skyscraper when built, with its 1920s elevator and rooftop lighthouse with panoramic views. It shows the architecture and grandeur of this city.

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MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO

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PROFILE OF ARGENTINEAN ARTIST GRACIELA HASPER

THE GRAMMARIAN OF COLOR BY DINA SZEINBLUM PICTURES COURTESY OF DOT FIFTYONE & FAENA FORUM

“UNTITLED, 2016” - Gachi Hasper at Faena Forum, Photo: J. Miño

TODAY WE EXPLORE THE LIFE AND WORK OF ONE OF ARGENTINA’S MOST NOTABLE ARTISTS. GRACIELA “GACHI” HASPER, MOSTLY KNOWN IN THE UNITED STATES FOR HER COLORFUL GIANT MURAL PRESENTED AT THE FAENA FORUM BUILDING IN MIAMI BEACH, DURING ART BASEL WEEK 2016, WILL HAVE HER FIRST SOLO SHOW IN MIAMI THIS FALL 2018. FOR THIS ARTICLE, WE TOOK A LOOK AT HER WORK, EXAMINING HER ARTISTIC LONG JOURNEY THROUGH GEOMETRY AND COLOR AND IMMERSING OURSELVES IN HER ENCHANTING WORLD OF CHOREOGRAPHIES OF LIGHT AND COLOR.

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For her, every color has an different emotional weight; she uses especially the purest and brilliant ones like red, blue, and yellow--colors which “catch the eye”-- combining them harmoniously so as to create rhythm and movement inside every piece of art, like a perfect choreography. On her compositional universe, she has commented: “I always painted circles and rectangles, and their variations and deformations. She continues: “I associate the orthogonal with civilization, with construction, with the city, with the house-home. The cube is the dwelling, the square is an invention of man and the round shapes are the geometric figures that are in nature. Nature is full of circles: the sun, the moon, the planets, the drop in the water and the circle is also the in night...“ About the use of color, she states: “Color is quite devalued. There is a feminine stereotype connected to the use of so much color, it is read in an associative chain as something minor, secondary. And I like to go on the side of the unvalued, to go along the side of the non-traveled. I like to take another route.”


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You have a physical relationship to what you are doing. You are surrounded by the painting so you can experience the materiality of the work. _ BECOMING “GACHI” HASPER Hasper, 55, lives and works in booming Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was born in Buenos Aires to a Jewish immigrant family. Her grandparents came from Russia and Transylvania, and as a child, she learned Hebrew. Along with Spanish she also learned English, Portuguese, and Italian. As she recalls, her interest in art started after some time spent in Israel, when she was 17 years old, by the time democracy returned to Argentina in 1984. A few years afterward, in 1987, she toured Europe, where she had the first contact with art on a big scale. That was the turning point in her life, a kind of “revelation” which sparked the light of what later became a passionate and thriving career as an artist. After the journey to Europe and upon returning to Argentina, she began her studies with other artists. Between 1987 and 1991, she studied with Diana Aisenberg while also pursuing independent studies of philosophy and art history. She attended workshops and theoretical seminars as a fundamental

part of her professional training, but never attended traditional art school, which at that time was greatly influenced by Argentina’s dictatorship policies. Shortly after, in 1991, she was awarded the Antorchas Foundation scholarship for the residency of Guillermo Kuitca (1991) which propelled her career to an international level, allowing her art to be displayed in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. In 1997, she participated in the Art Omi residency, New York. In 2000, she completed her first residency in the United States, at Apex Art in New York City with a Fulbright/FNA Grant, and in 2002 the residency of the Chinati Foundation Museum in Marfa, Texas. In 2005, she was a fellow of the The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program, and since 2010 has been a jury member of the program.


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Abstraction is like connecting inwards. For me, painting happens with your eyes shut. It is not a representation of the world, it is a representation of ideas. EXHIBITIONS Graciela Hasper has exhibited widely including several major exhibitions. In 1993, Hasper participated in an exhibition curated by Jorge Gumier Maier, Nicolás Guagnini, and Pablo Siquier, held at the Centro Cultural Rojas Buenos Aires. Titled Crimen y Ornamento [Crime and Ornament], it was one of the first exhibitions acknowledging a link to the young generation emerging in Argentina in the 90’s-- only a few years after the end of the military dictatorship-- with the MADI abstraction, an international abstract art movement initiated in Buenos Aires in 1946. The artists’ group became known as the Rojas Group and the exhibition subsequently, was shown in New York City, curated by Carlos Basualdo. Even though Hasper grew up with the military regime, her art does not relate to it through documentation or denunciation. Her art is just about abstraction. About this, she says, “In Argentina, abstraction was repressed because it did not ‘explain’ national values. It had no value. So I adopted something that had no value and tried to make it valuable, an act of resistance.“ 46

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20 years later in 2013, the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires in the San Telmo neighborhood was presenting her exhibition The Grammar of Color with around 60 paintings covering two decades of her enduring trajectory, a landmark in her successful career. Key to her work, for Graciela Hasper there is no up or down in her paintings, and each piece can be seen from any side. “Hasper’s paintings have four sides on the back, so that if owners decide to place the work as they wish, they can find their own north,” explains the director of the museum, Victoria Noorthoorn. Hasper also showed in individual exhibitions and integrated collective exhibitions in prominent institutions and venues in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Houston, New York City, Paris, Austin, Montbéliard, and Santiago de Chile. In Buenos Aires, her pieces were exhibited at the Maison Rouge Paris in 2015, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in 2013, Museo Caraffa in Córdoba and the Centro Cultural Bicentenario among many others. HASPER’S LARGE-SCALE DIMENSION In the last few years, with a wide experience in art in public spaces, the work of Graciela Hasper has expanded to a larger scale, even encompassing architectural interventions. In 2013, Hasper was commissioned by the City of Buenos Aires with a project for the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires called Nudo de Autopista [Highway Knot], in which she painted the concrete columns of several intersecting knots of highways in Buenos Aires.


What I look for in my work is that sensation of complete immersion in the painting.

In 2016, Notas de Luz [Light Notes] was an extraordinary light installation composed of 160 light fixtures forming a large three-dimensional screen of 100 meters long located under the highway in front of the Iconic La Usina del Arte [Art Plant] space in the new District of the Arts in Buenos Aires. During Art Basel week 2016, the Faena Forum was inaugurated in the Faena art district in Miami Beach and Hasper was commissioned to design the monumental mural which covers all four levels of the north interior wall of the building designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. The “Untitled” mural juxtaposes slices of color to create circular forms that rise, move, fade away, and mix in a continual flux. About this remarkable and new dimensional work she states: “I’m trying to expand the boundaries of painting in order to include the body.” Shortly after, growing fast in this new dimension, commissioned again by Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, Hasper created “Untitled 2017 Variable Dimensions”, which consists of a floor-to-celing installation on all four walls of the museum space, with a totaling of 360 square meters. The installation was acquired by one of the main real estate developers in the United States, famous art collector Jorge Perez - of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)- for his own collection. WORLDWIDE COLLECTIONS Graciela Hasper’s work also integrates the heritage of the following collections in her country: National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, MALBA-Costantini Foundation, Castagnino Museum of Rosario, Contemporary Art Museum of Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art of B.Blanca, Banco Ciudad de Bs. As. Collection, Banco Supervielle Collection, Collection Municipality of Tigre, Telefonica Collection of Buenos Aires and Fundación Tres Pinos. In addition to private collections in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Brazil, the United States, Puerto Rico and France, she also presents in other international collections such as Oceana Collection, Key Biscayne; Museum of Fine Arts Collection Houston; Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid; Patricia Cisneros Collection, New York City; Francis Collection, J. Greenburger, New York City; Jorge Pérez Miami Collection; Collection Deutsche Bank, NY. UPCOMING SHOW IN MIAMI, FALL 2018 This fall 2018, Graciela “Gachi” Hasper will have her solo show in MIAMI, USA, at Perelman’s & Guzman space in booming Litter River in Miami, featuring her colorful big scale pieces.

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TEL AVIV-BASED CURATORS AND CREATORS ANAT SAFRAN AND TAL EREZ WORK WITH ISRAEL’S MANY RENOWNED INSTITUTIONS TO PRODUCE EXHIBITIONS AND CULTURAL EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THIS INTERVIEW WITH JW, THEY GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO ARTSY ISRAEL AND ESPECIALLY INTO THE FAMOUS PECHAKUCHA TEL AVIV AND THE JERUSALEM DESIGN WEEK. BY NELSON AGELVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOR KEDMI

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internationally with the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Droog Design, Belgium’s Z33 - House For Contemporary Art and with La Terrasse, among others. He additionally teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art’s design masters program, is a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut and is the co-founder of the “24/7” research unit at Bezalel’s School of Architecture. The world is finally catching on to Israel’s vibrant art and design scene, from the renowned academies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, producing waves of fresh talent, to world-class museums hosting global stars, and contemporary art galleries showcasing at international fairs in Europe and the United States.


“Future Rooms” Exhibition at Jerusalem Design Week 2018

Tal Erez and Anat Safran

Jewish Way Magazine speaks with Anat and Tal to discuss Israel’s global significance in the world of art and design, the differences between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem’s scene and what lies ahead in the ever innovating Israeli sphere.

the Artistic Director and myself as Chief Curator, the 2018 curatorial theme of Conserve prompted designers and artists to examine the global concepts of conservation and conservatism through the prisms of society, environment and culture and the role design plays therein.

JW: How does Jerusalem’s design/art scene compare to Tel Aviv’s? Anat: Jerusalem has a rich history that Tel Aviv definitely doesn’t have, and it filters through all aspects of living and creating in the city. It constantly confronts you, as a creator, with its past, present and future and envelops you with a very special and unique atmosphere. Tal: Jerusalem is very unique, both in its socio-cultural background, and in its immense support for culture. It creates a very rare setting, not just in Israel, but in the world, which allows the creation of publicly funded, highlevel projects, that focus on questions that the commercial scene, more relevant in Tel Aviv, cannot.

JW: Which areas of design interest you the most? What themes do you enjoy exploring in exhibitions? Anat: I am very interested in design events that are part of a larger context, that are on the border between disciplines: between design and science, technology, arts, etc. I particularly like it when definitions are blurred and design serves as a critical intriguing tool that pushes the viewer to raise questions, thoughts and feelings about our world. Tal: I am always interested in the social relations of design, and in design’s unique ability to communicate them, not only on the intellectual level, but on the experiential level. I like to see projects, not necessarily “exhibitions,” since this term widens the range and breaks the formats of what can and cannot be done.

JW: What was your latest work? Anat: This summer’s Jerusalem Design Week 2018 brought the design world to Israel with exhibitions, performances, film screenings and installations from more than 100 Israeli and international designers. Tal: The week’s events took place at Hansen House, a former Ottoman leper hospital transformed into Jerusalem’s leading contemporary art space, the historic Bezeq building, The Jerusalem Theatre, and Alliance House, culturally funded by The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, The Jerusalem Development Authority and Ran Wolf Urban Planning and Project Management. Under the direction of Anat as

JW: What enticed you to take on the roles of Artistic Director + Chief Curator of Jerusalem Design Week? Tal and Anat: We are both independent curators and creators, working on various design projects such as the Sound Exhibition at the Holon Design Museum, The Venice Architecture Biennale and PechaKucha night in Tel Aviv, amongst others. We both joined the JDW team in 2016 with the goal of creating an important design event both for the local and international community.


JW: How did you come up with the theme Conserve for this year’s Jerusalem Design Week? Tal: Every year we are looking for a contemporary theme that is specifically relevant to Jerusalem and Israel and also has global significance. Looking at the rapid technological and geo-political changes in the world, we have noticed a global movement towards conservation and conservatism, and thought this could be an interesting issue to deal with through the prism of design. JW: This being the 7th year the event has taken place, what set this year’s design week apart from previous design weeks? Anat: Starting from 2016, the JDW has switched into a larger scale and international event. Every year it grows both in the scale of the projects, as well as the number of visitors. It is very important for us to make the JDW a platform for new creativity and we are happy to say that this year 80% of the projects were new and were created for the design week. We had 130 designers participating, around 30 were international designers. We feel that with every year, we succeed in making this event more tight in its content and shaping its unique identity. JW: In your opinion, what has been the most impactful exhibition to the public? Tal: It’s very hard to say since we had many different exhibitions and events, that as a whole created a very strong experience. The Pro-Jerusalem Society was particularly strong in its message since it revealed an unknown history to the public. The organization was created 100 years ago with the goal of planning the city on all levels. We still live by the design rules and insights that the Pro-Jerusalem Society created. Not many people were aware of its existence before the exhibition. It also proposed actual and future visions of the city of Jerusalem by contemporary designers.

By Ran Blau at the Jerusalem Design Week 2018.

JW: How does Jerusalem’s design scene fit into the larger, international design world? Anat: Jerusalem has the biggest concentration of art and design students in the country and has a lively scene of designers and craftsmen. As a city with an incredible history, and a variety of communities, we consider it as a living lab of social, political and cultural conflicts. This particular situation proposes a very fertile ground for profound research and creativity that has a very particular identity and energy. JW: How has Hansen House invigorated and added to the Jerusalem design and art scene? Anat: The JDW is an initiative of the Hansen House, an active cultural center that works all year round but sees the JDW as its major yearly event. This year with the theme of Conserve, the location and the content were especially well suited, since the house is a building under severe conservation rules and has an incredible history. The space, the garden and the unique atmosphere of the place have a major role in the success of the event. In the last few years, Hansen House has gained its recognition as one of the most important and interesting cultural centers for design in Israel. 52

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JW: Several exhibitions were created by a local designer paired with an international artist, can you speak more on how their different creative processes played out? Anat: It is the second year we conducted the international teams project, where five Israeli designers were teamed with five international designers. They were given a theme, a budget and were commissioned to create a new installation together. After a one week residency in Jerusalem where all the teams met and worked, they developed their project, communicating through Skype and emails. We were extremely happy with the results, knowing that there are many risks in such a project. The team’s members created great connections and managed to collaborate and create five great installations. JW: Which upcoming exhibitions, post-September, will you be producing or are involved with? Anat: There is always another PechaKucha event coming up in Tel Aviv. In November, we have the second part of our collaboration with the Forum de Design in Paris, a collaboration we have started this year at the JDW under the Saison France-Israël 2018. Later in the year, there are a few interesting new projects with some great partners that are still in early stages. Tal: After taking some much needed time off, a few very interesting projects are evolving, and of course, I will continue to teach architecture and design, and work will soon begin on the 2019 edition of Jerusalem Design Week.

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The home features contemporary architecture that is warm and carries horizontal lines with a ranch twist, with a tropical feel through indoor/outdoor integration, lots of covered terraces, much natural light, floor to ceiling windows, open spaces and an open TheAproportion 54 floor J Wplan. M AG Z I N E .C OisMmuch more window than wall.


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the proportion of the home, it is much more window than wall,” explains Halfen. This was an especially refreshing change for the owners who had previously resided in a house that was by comparison darker and more traditional. The assimilation of nature into the design was a fundamental aspect of Halfen’s vision, and when it came to specifying finishes, she heavily considered her selections which included Brazilian Ipe wood and Carrara marble. Courtyards and gardens are present throughout to perpetuate the theme. You never quite know where one will pop up, but it always brings a pleasant surprise, as do other elements placed around that serve as captivating focal points. Halfen’s comfort level with the style of the home—contemporary being one of her favorites to work in—combined with the sheer size of the property, allowed her to spread her wings and let her creative mind run free. “There are many tendencies within contemporary architecture, but when you have the rare opportunity to work on an acre lot in Miami, you can really explore movement and volume,” she says.


LEFT ABOVE. Small scale pieces of art adorn the soaring walls, some up to 22 feet, allowing in lots of natural light. The front door is built from mahogany for richness. The focal wall in the living room is treated with a textural wallpaper. It is a central element that enhances the importance of the windows by creating contrast. ABOVE. Mia Cucina natural wood cabinets to integrate with the other material selections throughout. “Although they are functional, you just want to touch them,” says Halfen. RIGHT. The dining area is situated to be inclusive of the main living space, and it is only the set of high-back chairs and ribbon-like wood light fixture suspended above the table that visually allocates it as a separate “room.” In actuality, there is no physical boundary, which only serves to escalate the feeling of openness and flow. Consistent with the rest of the home, lofty windows here allow for spectacular views.

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ABOVE LEFT: The idea was to create a natural indoor/outdoor feel, so this was heavily considered when choosing the materials. The downspout to drain gutters is customized chain link. ABOVE RIGHT: A facet of true luxury, the master bedroom opens out onto the loggia and splendid backyard. The tonal hardwood flooring underfoot seems to lead the way. A contemporary custom bed with channeled leather headboard, flanked on either side by simple nightstands, are appropriately unfussy so that the architecture can do most of the talking. RIGHT: The vertical garden is a focal point even from the interior, becoming part of the interior experience. A corridor with wood floors leads to the bedroom wing. The floor-to-ceiling windows enable you to view the vertical garden. BELOW RIGHT: Behind the tub in the master bath, you can see the exterior showers, which are accessible from the inside shower. Carrara marble used in different configurations cover the walls, bathtub and shower.

Perhaps the most engaging aspects of the home are its layout and flow. Paying close attention to the family’s way of life, Halfen crafted spaces that allowed for personal privacy, such as an intimate wing of bedrooms where the members of the family each have their own place to retreat, and an additional wing with ample social areas where everyone can convene. To that point, there are not just one, but two family rooms! “Everyone has their own personal space, but also, many places they can enjoy together,” comments Halfen. The separate wings are joined together by a corridor which creates a functional bridge allowing for transition from one end of the home to another, while simultaneously offering a significant glimpse at the wonders of nature, such as a vertical living garden. Yet a third wing houses a private cabana suited for the kids’ recreation or as guest quarters. Undeniably, the most enviable aspect as well as the most necessary to fulfill the homeowners’ desires, is how the entire home wraps around the backyard, thus allowing it to be easily viewed from virtually every interior location. “This is truly the most beautiful feature,” confirms Halfen. “When your own backyard becomes is like a painting, it becomes the most beloved piece in your art collection.”

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Artist Neil Kerman is truly honored to have been invited to exhibit his art around the world including Spain, Switzerland, England, France, Singapore, Korea, Brazil and Monaco. It was also a great privilege to have his works exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, France. Kerman believes his greatest achievement to date is his solo show at the United Nations in New York entitled, “Alzheimers: Global Initiative,” where his paintings expressed the emotions and feelings of those that suffer from this debilitating disease. Kerman has owned and operated nursing homes for 45 years. He is also an Activities Certified Consultant where he designs, creates and implements individualized programs as therapeutic modalities; treating disabilities and illnesses while optimizing health and wellness for his residents. This prolific artist credits his painting abilities and love for colors to his uncle who was a long-time illustrator/colorist for DC Comics. The colors used for the Superman and Batman comics inspired his visual aesthetic for using strong and vibrant hues. “My abstract art speaks a visual language unto itself that elicits emotions, feelings, moods, to create memorable, dynamic and exuberant works of art. Kerman, who was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, is locally represented by Saphira & Ventura Gallery in New York City and works out of his Brooklyn studio. Designers, Decorators & Architects: Please call for a personal appointment to see our world renowned art works currently showcased in Brooklyn Contact us at: 212.365.6615, info@itsakerman.com, www.itsakerman.com


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THE AWAKENING OF ROSH HASHANAH

PLATO’S CAVE AND

ROSH HASHANAH THE GREAT MAIMONIDES SAW IN ROSH HASHANAH A MOMENT OF AWAKENING, OF REALIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR HIGHER MISSIONS AND PURSUITS, AND HE EXPLAINED IT THROUGH “THE PARABLE OF THE CAVE.”

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wo Jewish men who hadn’t seen each other in fifty years meet on a street in Tel Aviv, slowly recognize one another, and embrace. They go back to one of the men’s apartments to reminisce about bygone days. The conversation goes on for hours. Night falls. One man asks the other, “Look at your watch. What time is it?” “I don’t have a watch,” says the second. “Then look at the clock.” “I don’t have a clock.” “Then how do you tell the time in Israel?” “You see that trumpet in the corner? That’s how I tell the time.” “You’re crazy,” says the first, “How can you tell the time with a trumpet?”

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“I’ll show you.” He picks up the trumpet, opens the window and blows a deafening blast. Thirty seconds later an angry neighbor shouts out, “Two thirty in the morning, and you’re playing the trumpet?” The man turns to his friend and says, “You see? That’s how you tell the time with a trumpet!” Roughly speaking, that’s how Moses Maimonides explained why we blow a shofar on Rosh Hashanah. It is, he says, Hashem’s wake-up call, His way of asking us,


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“Do you know what time it is? This life I have given you, how have you used it?” We go through much of life, says Maimonides, in a kind of spiritual slumber; we spend our days on meaningless pursuits, chasing illusions. The Shofar awakens us, reminding us to use our time here for higher ideals, to make a difference, to be a blessing, to love. In his classic work of philosophy, The Republic, Plato presents a beautiful metaphor that can help us understand Maimonides’ message. It is called “the parable of the cave,” and it goes as follows: Imagine a group of people who have been chained up in a cave for their entire lives. They have never been outside. They face one wall in the cave and they can never see the entrance. Occasionally, animals, birds, and people pass by the entrance of the cave, casting shadows on the wall the captives face. The prisoners see the shadows and think that is all there is, because they have never seen anything different. One day, a man breaks free from his chains and runs out of the cave. He sees the sunlight and the world for the very first time and quickly realizes that what he has taken for reality until now was actually just shadows on a wall. So it is with us. Often we go through life chasing after passing shadows, what New York Times columnist David Brooks calls “résumé virtues.” The résumé virtues are the ones we write on our CV: our achievements, our qualifications, our skills. But, Brooks says, it is the “eulogy virtues” that are the ones for which we will ultimately be remembered. Are we kind and honest, humble, always endeavoring to put others before ourselves? What are the ideals for which we live, and how do we live them? These are not the virtues we put on our résumés, but they make all the difference to our quality of life and the impact we have on those around us. “We live,” Brooks writes, “in a society that encourages us to think about how to have a great career, but leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the inner life.” The relentless pressure to succeed in the commercial marketplace gives us all too little time and encouragement to develop the depth of character that determines the quality of our relationships, our sense of a meaningful life, and the love we give and receive. Like the cave dwellers in Plato’s story, we forget about what is significant and real. The shofar is Hashem’s trumpet-call, reminding us not to slumber through life, but to awaken and give ourselves to higher ideals, to make a difference, to celebrate our Jewishness and to be a blessing to the world. Those are the values that endure, beyond a résumé, in the clear light of day.

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IN PREPARATION • During the last week of Elul the Selichot Prayers are recited in the early morning. • Have a certified scribe check your Mezuzot and Tefilin and correct any flaws in these spiritual safeguards. • Many people have the custom of going to the Mikveh before Rosh Hashanah after midday. • Some have the custom of visiting a cemetery on the day before Rosh Hashanah and praying at the graves of the righteous. • The morning before Rosh Hashanah, perform “Hatarat Nedarim” – annulling of vows.

THE FESTIVE MEAL • During the High Holidays, a round challah is used – symbolizing fullness and completion. After making the “Hamotzi” blessing, it is customary to dip the bread into honey – symbolizing our prayer for a sweet new year. • After the bread has been eaten, take an apple and dip it in honey. Make a blessing on the apple and eat a little bit of the apple. Then say, “May it be Your will, God, to renew us for a good and sweet new year.” • Add the paragraph “Ya’aleh V’yavo” in Grace After Meals.

THE SHOFAR • The essential mitzvah of Rosh Hashanah is to hear the shofar. • The shofar should be blown during the daytime. Everyone should stand, and have the intention that their obligation is being fulfilled. • Before blowing, two blessings are recited: “To hear the sound of the shofar,” and “She’hechianu.” Once the blessings have been made, one may not speak until the end of the shofar blowing. 30 blasts are blown. • During the chazan’s repetition of the Musaf “Amidah,” an additional 30 blasts are blown in the various combinations. • It is the custom to blow 40 extra blasts at the end of services, bringing the total to 100. It is customary to prolong the final blast, called “Tekiah Gedolah.

OTHER CUSTOMS • It is customary to greet others with: “L’shana Tova – Ketivah vi-chatima Tova.” This means: “For a good year – You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life).” • One should try not to sleep or go for idle walks on the day of Rosh Hashanah so his/her Mazal doesn’t sleep. (The Arizal permits a nap in the afternoon.) • Some have the custom to eat leek or cabbage, beets, dates, pomegranate, and head of a fish and say the appropriate prayers. • The “Tashlich” prayer is said on the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, by a pool of water, preferably with fish in it. This prayer is the symbolic casting away of our mistakes.


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THOUGHTS ON YOM KIPPUR

THYSELF

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om Kippur is a day of atonement, a day the sins between fellow men and between man and his creator are brought to bear. It is a day dedicated to reflection and introspection, a day of pardon and amnesty, a day holier than any other. A day in which we stand in solemn prayer and ask for mercy and clemency. A day of judgment, reconciliation and hope. But Yom Kippur is not only a day for having a heartfelt conversation with G-d. Yom Kippur is also a day for you to have a candid, honest conversation with yourself. There is an ancient Greek aphorism that states, “Know thyself.” Socrates wrote, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And Benjamin Franklin said, “There are three things extremely hard, steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” We do so well examining everybody else’s lives that sometimes it’s important to examine our own. So often we focus on our external reality and forget our own, intimate, internal reality. 68

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• Kaparot: this is the last day to perform this ceremony, which is done during the 10 days of repentance after Rosh Hashanah. • Ask forgiveness of family and friends. • Eat an early dinner. We make it a festive and abundant meal to show our confidence in G-d’s favorable judgment. Recite Hamotzi over bread. • Light a Yizkor candle • Light Yom Tov candles • Bless your children before going to synagogue The following are the five restrictions observed on Yom Kippur: • Eating and drinking • Washing • Applying oils or lotions to the skin • Marital relations • Wearing leather shoes Only we can know who we truly are. Only we know how truthful and kind and faithful we are. Only we know if we are charitable, benevolent and compassionate or selfish, egotistical, or indifferent. We know how self-absorbed and self-serving we are. We know if we are considerate or thoughtless, forthcoming and inclusive or snobby, stuck-up and apprehensive. We know if we are honest in business. We know if we are patient, forgiving or grudge-bearing and prejudiced. We know if we are jealous, spiteful and resentful...or tolerant, empathetic and sensitive. And just like we must learn to discover ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, what makes us happy and what pulls us down, what motivates us and what discourages us, we must also learn to accept and love and forgive ourselves. Guilt is toxic. Coming to terms with the person you are allows you to understand where your mistake come from and how you can improve. Acknowledging yourself is the beginning of healing. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love,” so to love yourself you must be able to forgive yourself. There is no peace without forgiveness. We cannot banish hate with hate or darkness with darkness. Don’t hate yourself for your mistakes, love yourself for your ability to realize them and change for the better. This Yom Kippur let us focus on that which makes us great, and that which makes us great is that which makes us human, and that which makes us human is that which makes us able to forgive!

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Upon waking up wash netilat yadayim up to the knuckles. On Yom Kippur we do a process called teshuva – literally “return.” Teshuva involves four steps: • Regret – acknowledging that a mistake was made, and feeling regret at having squandered some of our potential. • Cessation – Talk is cheap, but stopping the harmful action shows a true commitment to change. • Confession – To make it more “real,” we admit our mistake verbally, and ask forgiveness from anyone we may have harmed. • Resolution – We make a firm commitment not to repeat the harmful action. in the future.


TRADITIONS - SUKKOT

IN T ERP R ETAT I ON O F TH E S U K K A H

SURROUNDED

BY CARE DISCUSSING THE INTERPRETATION THAT SUKKAH REFERS TO THE CLOUDS OF GLORY THAT PROTECTED THE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE EXODUS OR THE INTERPRETATION THAT IT REFERS TO ACTUAL BOOTHS BUILT AS TEMPORARY DWELLINGS DURING THE DESERT TRAVELS, WE AGREE ON ONE UNQUESTIONABLE TRUTH: THE ELEVATED SIGNIFICANCE OF SUKKOT.

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n the first night of Sukkot in a slave labor camp, there was a steady march towards one corner of the camp. They were going to the secret sukkah which had been erected in the lumber storage center. The workers assigned there built a “storage bin,” ostensibly for all their work tools. This bin, which had no roof, was covered with “schach,” gathered from the lumber remnants. All of the inmates were drawn to this secret sukkah. Word of the sukkah spread quickly. Despite the danger involved, the Jewish prisoners left their barracks and walked furtively in the direction of the sukkah. I, too, was among them. I tarried but a moment inside the makeshift hut. I recited the Shehecheyanu benediction, and walked out. I could not tarry longer, for the danger of discovery was great, and many others were waiting to enter. (Account of Shmuel Lipshitz, as quoted in Sukkos Season of Joy and Thanksgiving). How could it be that these Jews were willing to sacrifice their lives just to recite the Shehecheyanu inside the sukkah? What is the great significance of this Mitzvah?

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The Torah tells us that Hashem commands us to live in a sukkah for seven days in order to remember that “we dwelled in sukkahs” when we were wandering in the desert. The Talmud teaches us that there is a debate amongst our Rabbis as to what the Torah is referring to when it says, “We dwelled in sukkahs.” Rabbi Eliezer says that this refers to the Clouds of Glory that protected us throughout our travels. Rabbi Akiva says the Jews made actual booths for themselves to live in the desert. If I had to guess which opinion is more of a reason to celebrate, I would have to go with the miracle of The Clouds of Glory. They surrounded the Jews from all sides, providing climate control which made the temperature in the desert just right. They leveled the ground, eliminating all snakes and scorpions. Finally, at night these Clouds of Glory became a Pillar of Fire, providing every Jew the light they needed even inside of their tents. Wow! Such open miracles certainly deserve a major holiday to remember them. How then can we comprehend Rabbi Akiva’s opinion that Sukkot was enacted to recall the Jews making booths for themselves? Why is that even significant? What is the great act of G-d we are recalling? Rabbeinu Bachya explains that the message of Rabbi Akiva is to teach us that even when a situation seems bleak, and we do not foresee where our protection will come from, G-d is there providing us with all of our needs. “The very act of making booths for themselves in the desert was an enormous miracle. They traveled there with masses of men, women, and children where it is not the nature of man to live. Yet, even in an environment that did not provide the basic necessities to live, G-d prepared all of their needs and they lacked nothing.” Our ancestors were wandering in a desert without the tools and materials to construct huts for their own protection, yet miraculously Hashem prepared for them those essentials. Did you ever wonder why the Torah commands us to use sukkahs built specifically from schach, the remnant of produce left in the fields? Rabbi Chaim Friedlander explains: The schach is a reminder of our trust that G-d’s shelter and protection can come from anywhere, even the leftover remains that human beings would ascribe little or no importance to. The sukkah is teaching us that no matter what circumstance we are in, Hashem is looking out for his precious children, providing us with all of our needs. Take a look at the following story: A well respected Rabbi got up to speak at the engagement of his seventh child. He began by exclaiming in a loud booming voice, “Hashem never helped me even once!” The crowd was aghast. Such words from this holy individual at this special time? “Let me explain,” he told them. “Hashem didn’t help me, He did everything for me. He brought me a wonderful spouse for all of my children. He continuously provides me with a means to support my family. He has blessed us with perfect health. Food, clothing, and shelter are all readily available to us. How could I ever thank Hashem enough for taking care of all our needs?”

As we sit in our sukkah on Yom Tov, let us internalize this integral message. Not only are the open miracles such as the Clouds of Glory a clear display of G-d’s care for us, but the roof that covers our heads, the food that we eat, and our physical well being that we experience on a daily basis are all loving gifts from our Father in Heaven.

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Light Yom Tov candles (on the second Yom Tov day of Sukkot light candles from a preexisting flame lit Sunday before sunset). •

Recite kiddush and eat in the Sukkah. The sukkah that we dwell in during Sukkot is to remind us of the experience of our ancestors when they came out of Egypt.

The mitzvah of the Four Species is performed by taking these four different plant products, binding them together, and waving them.

Take the Lulav in your right hand, with the green spine facing you, and make the blessing. (Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-haynu Melech Haolam Asher Kideshanu Bemitzvotav Vetzivanu Al Netilat Lulav). As you finish the blessing pick up the Etrog and bring it in contact with the bottom part of the lulav. Shake three times in each direction (north, south, east, west, up and down).

CHOL HAMOED (INTERMEDIATE DAYS) The usual restrictions that apply to the Biblical Jewish holidays are relaxed, but not entirely eliminated. Work only if necessary, honor the occasion with festive meals.

HOSHANA RABBAH •

Hoshana Rabbah is the last day of Sukkot proper and as such the last day of the period of judgment that began on Rosh HaShanah.

The theme of judgment is reflected by the customs and awe of the Hoshana Rabbah prayer service.

Men circle the Torah-reading-platform seven times, with the Lulav and Etrog while reciting the Hoshanot prayers.

We beat the Aravot on the ground.


whether we are frightened by others fears and unknowns, whether we are anxious about our relationships and other personal ghosts, come Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret and we are told that these days bring us an unprecedented gift from above. They enable us to realize that we are not victims of circumstances. We can and must illuminate the shadows around us. And they allow us to access an inner place, dedicated “for you” alone, that can never be affected by the storms raging around us. To take control of your life requires discerning a clear distinction between both parts of our beings. First, the message of Sukkot: we must know that we were sent to this world, each of us with the mission to illuminate our surroundings. Darkness exists for a reason—so that you can dispel it with your unique light and energy. Second, the message of Shemini Atzeret: there is a place reserved for “you alone.” In the depths of your soul resides a private, intimate essence, where no intruder, physical, psychological or spiritual, can enter. This is your inner sanctum where you and only you, and G-d, reside. Nothing can wound or even touch that connection. A practical way to update these resources is to dedicate time, as the holidays wind down and we enter the new year, to focus on these two dimensions of your life. Identify elements that reflect each one of the two; don’t allow their boundaries to be blurred and spill into each other—know clearly when you are focusing on improving the people and the world around you and when you are entering into your intimate space. And above all, designate time to nourish both of these responsibilities. Some food for thought as we reflect on a century old discourse, that comes with warmest regards from the Rebbe Rashab. As we conclude Sukkot this Friday and celebrate Shemini Atzeret this Saturday, we can glean much from these Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret thoughts. And then—with this intimate and invincible power of Shemini Atzeret— “for you” alone—we have much reason to dance all night and day on Simchat Torah. On Simchat Torah we rejoice with the Torah. We celebrate the joy of being a Jew—the joy of a life defined by and permeated with the divine wisdom and will communicated to us at Mount Sinai.

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SHEMINI ATZERET AND SIMCHAT TORAH

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he Torah instructs us that following the celebration of the seven days of Sukkot, “the eighth day shall be a time of retreat [Shemini Atzeret] for you when you shall do no mundane work.” What is the significance of this eighth day? And why does it follow the seven days of Sukkot? Explains the Rebbe Rashab that the secret power of the eighth day lies in the expression “for you.” We each have two aspects to our lives: our outer lives and our inner lives; the things we do to affect the environment and the world around us, and the things we do within our own intimate selves. The two consecutive holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret, explains the Rebbe, represent two primary prototypes of human initiative that each one of us has to be involved in—the first external and the second internal. The purpose for which we were placed on Earth, why our souls were sent down to this material plane, is to illuminate the moral and spiritual darkness of our physical world. This is the primary focus of Sukkot, when we take on not just our own personal lives, but also the welfare of our communities and societies. We dwell in Sukkot, made of vegetation of the world, we pray and commit to improve and refine the nations of the world, we dance and celebrate in public, we engage, connect and unite with others. Following this seven-day immersion in the affairs of the world, we then arrive to the eighth day, Shemini Atzeret, when we enter into our intimate space, “a time of retreat for you,” when we are alone with G-d, “let them be for you alone, and no strangers with you”, and we are not involved in any “mundane work” of refining the world. After refining the entire world during Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret is the single day when everything else is put aside and we are alone and intimate with the King, without any strangers present, for one last time before entering the dark, cold days of winter. In our time as well, though we are blessed to face far smaller challenges, we too have much to learn from Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret. Whether we are concerned with our uncertain economy and our future security,

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It is customary to stay awake all night studying Torah and reciting Psalms. Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Light Yom Tov candles (on Simchat Torah light candles from a preexisting flame lit Sunday before sunset).

On the last two days of the holiday season we celebrate the closeness of our relationship with God by delighting in the Torah, singing and dancing with it night and day.

On Simchat Torah we also finish, and then restart, the annual cycle of Torah readings. Every man and boy is called to read from the Torah in conclusion of the annual reading cycle. We parade around the Bima seven times while holding the Torah scrolls, singing and dancing.


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CALENDAR GREATER MIAMI / NEW YORK

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 BY CHANI ROSENBLUM

SUNDAY

MONDAY

SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 10

SEPTEMBER 11

SEPTEMBER 12

Elul 29, 5778

Tishrei 1, 5779

Tishrei 2, 5779

Tishrei 3, 5779

First eve of Rosh Hashanah

Second eve of Rosh Hashanah Tashlij

Rosh Hashanah Holiday Ends

Fast of Gedalya

Light Holiday Candles at Miami - 7:13 PM New York - 6:57 PM Blessings 2,7

Light Holiday Candles after

Miami - 8:05 PM New York - 7:54 PM

TUESDAY

Miami - 8:04 PM New York - 7:53 PM

WEDNESDAY

Miami - 5:53 AM - 7:52 PM New York - 5:21 AM - 7:40 PM

Blessings 2,7

SEPTEMBER 16

SEPTEMBER 17

SEPTEMBER 18

SEPTEMBER 19

Tishrei 7, 5779

Tishrei 8, 5779

Tishrei 9, 5779

Tishrei 10, 5779

Eve of Yom Kippur Light Holiday Candles at

Miami - 7:04 PM New York - 6:42 PM

Yom Kippur Holiday Ends

Miami - 7:55 PM New York - 7:39 PM

Blessings 3,7

SEPTEMBER 23

SEPTEMBER 25

SEPTEMBER 26

Tishrei 14, 5779

Tishrei 15, 5779

Tishrei 16, 5779

Tishrei 17, 5779

Eve of Sukkot

First day of Sukkot

Second day of Sukkot

Miami - 6:58 PM New York - 6:33 PM

Light candles after Miami - 7:49 PM New York - 7:30 PM

Third day of Sukkot Chol Hamoed

Blessings 4,7. Blessing 5 when eating in the Sukkah until Sept 30th.

Blessings 4, 7. Blessing 6 daily until Sept 30th, except on Shabbat.

SEPTEMBER 30

OCTOBER 1

OCTOBER 2

OCTOBER 3

Tishrei 21, 5779 Seventh day of Sukkot Hoshana Rabba Eve of Shemini Atzeret Light Holiday Candles at Miami - 6:50 PM New York - 6:22 PM

Tishrei 22, 5779

Tishrei 23, 5779 Holiday Ends

Tishrei 24, 5779

Blessings 4, 7.

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Eve of Simchat Torah Light Holiday Candles after Miami - 7:41 PM New York - 7:18 PM Blessings 4,7

Holiday Ends

Miami - 7:48 PM New York - 7:29 PM

Miami - 7:40 PM New York - 7:17 PM


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SHABBAT Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Shabbat Kodesh.

vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel shabbat ve shel Yom Hakipurim.

haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat lulav.

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ROSH HASHANAH Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu, lehadlik ner shel Yom Hazikaron.

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 Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu, lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

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*From a preexisting flame. *For specific candle times for a different location please go to www.chabad.org

YOM KIPPUR Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav

SUKKOT 
 Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu leshev basukkah.

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FOUR SPECIES Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech

SHEHECHEYANU Baruch Ata Ado-nay Elo-heinu melech haolam shehecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigianu lizman haze.

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 13

SEPTEMBER 14

SEPTEMBER 15

Tishrei 4, 5779

Tishrei 5, 5779 Light Candles at

Tishrei 6, 5779 Shabbat Ends

Miami - 7:08 PM New York - 6:49 PM

Miami - 7:59 PM New York - 7:46 PM

Blessings 1

SEPTEMBER 20

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 22

Tishrei 11, 5779

Tishrei 12, 5779 Light Candles at

Tishrei 13, 5779 Shabbat Ends

Miami - 7:00 PM New York - 6:37 PM

Miami - 7:51 PM New York - 7:34 PM

Blessing 1?

SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 28

SEPTEMBER 29

Tishrei 18, 5779

Tishrei 19, 5779 Fifth day of Sukkot Chol Hamoed

Tishrei 20, 5779 Sixth day of Sukkot Shabbat Ends

Fourth day of Sukkot Chol Hamoed

Light Shabbat Candles at

Miami - 6:53 PM New York - 6:25 PM

Miami - 7:43 PM New York - 7:22 PM

Blessings 1

OCTOBER 4 Tishrei 25, 5779

OCTOBER 5

OCTOBER 6

Tishrei 26,5779 Light Candles at

Tishrei 27, 5779 Shabbat Ends

Miami - 6:45 PM New York - 6:13 PM

Miami - 7:36 PM New York - 7:10 PM

Blessings 1


LIFE IN ISRAEL

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

1918-2018

100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PICTURES COURTESY OF HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

THIS YEAR MARKS A MILESTONE FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THE GLOBAL JEWISH COMMUNITY: THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM WILL MARK ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY. WHILE ITS NAME IS WELL-KNOWN IN JEWISH AND ACADEMIC CIRCLES TODAY, FEWER PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE PERSONALITIES BEHIND THE UNIVERSITY’S FOUNDING ARE SOME OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY’S BIGGEST NAMES.

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key player in the growth of the State of Israel, the Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by such visionaries as Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Judah Magnes, Martin Buber, Sigmund Freud, and others who sought to establish a strong academic and research base for a future Jewish homeland. This vision was propelled by Zionists responding to the persecution Jews were experiencing around the world at that time. A Jewish university was first conceptualized in the late 1880s by intellectuals in Russia and Germany; they considered varied educational models ranging from a yeshiva to a research institute similar to Louis Pasteur’s Paris Institute or the American University in Beirut. As it developed, the Hebrew University stemmed from an idea proposed in 1913 by Chaim Weizmann, then president of the World Zionist Organization and later Israel’s first president. A 125-acre site atop Mount Scopus was chosen, with the land purchased through the World Zionist Organization acting on behalf of Weizmann and other leaders. Hebrew was designated the language of instruction.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Amphitheater at Mount Scopus campus overlooking the Judean Desert, Inaugurated in 1925. Arch of the Amphitheater at Mount Scopus today. Hebrew University, Aerial beauty shot.


Archaeology Building.

Hebrew University and Lord Balfour’s visit. Lord Balfour declaring university open 1925. Hebrew University today.

On July 24, 1918, approximately 6,000 guests climbed Mount Scopus in blazing heat to witness a ceremony in which 12 stones were laid—each symbolizing a tribe of Israel. In 1921, Weizmann and Einstein travelled to the United States to promote and raise funds for the university. This U.S. tour marked the beginning of a long, meaningful relationship between Hebrew University and Einstein, who bequeathed his scientific and personal papers, letters, and manuscripts to Hebrew University. Today, the Albert Einstein Archives is made up of a collection of 80,000 documents and artifacts, all housed at the university in Jerusalem. When the university opened on Mount Scopus to a handful of students in 1925, three institutes were in place: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Jewish Studies. By the 1930s, the university was flourishing, with new departments added and researchers emigrating from Europe. Many challenges occurred during the war-torn years leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Outbreaks of violence became common as the Jewish population of the territories that were part of the British Mandate of Palestine swelled with refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, and Arab riots flared throughout the city. The U.N. General Assembly’s partition plan was rejected by Arabs in surrounding communities who attacked buses en route to Mount Scopus. Although the campus remained under Israeli control from 1948 through the Six Day War in 1967, it became an isolated enclave. Classes were often taught in makeshift rooms throughout the city, including in professors’ homes and the Ratisbonne Monastery. Following the Six Day War, Mount Scopus once again became fully accessible and the university’s presence expanded on other campuses devoted to science, agriculture, and medicine. More essential than ever, the university opened its medical school in 1949, and subsequently launched the Faculty of Law, the School of Agriculture, and the School of Dental Medicine. Faculty members spearheaded Israel’s economic and agricultural development, tackling its medical and public health needs and imparting students with knowledge of the humanities. 78

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Physical chemistry class 1932.

Class at the university today.

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY TODAY

HELPING TO KEEP IT GOING STRONG

Today’s Hebrew University has seven academic faculties on six campuses, with 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending annually. They come from throughout Israel and 90 additional countries. Over the years, faculty members have won Nobel, Israel and Wolf prizes, as well as Fields Medals in Mathematics and Turing Awards in Computer Sciences. The Faculty of Law has educated present and former Israeli prime ministers, multiple Supreme Court presidents plus numerous Knesset members and Supreme Court justices. Home to the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the university upholds the ideals of multiculturalism, pluralism, and the cause of peace in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities is at the forefront of interdisciplinary scholarship that incorporates Jewish Studies as a vital intellectual, historic, and cultural element. A scientific brain trust, Hebrew University faculty spearhead close to 3,500 research projects, and have generated over 9,800 patents through Yissum, the university’s technology transfer company. Among the myriad innovations are effective new cancer drugs and drug delivery systems, eco-friendly agricultural technologies, advances in solar technology, revolutionary methods of 3D and functional printing, and bioengineering discoveries important to health care and industry.

Helping to advance these and many more achievements is American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU), a national, nonprofit organization with offices throughout the United States. AFHU, since the university’s opening, has been dedicated to building a thriving network of support for the university, enabling this top-ranked academic and research institution to be competitive with leading universities worldwide. One of AFHU’s most important roles entails showcasing Hebrew University’s broadspectrum expertise in fields ranging from environmental conservation to archaeology. The philanthropic leadership and commitment of American Friends recently led to the inauguration of The Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art new facility designated for the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). ELSC is Israel’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary brain research, with teams of researchers creating brain-machine interfaces that enable paralyzed patients to receive robotic limbs, developing advanced deep brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of Parkinson’s patients, enabling the blind to see through sensory substitution devices, and inventing new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Another exciting new partnership championed by American Friends is the Hebrew University-Cleveland Clinic Center for Transformative Nanomedicine (CTN). The CTN unites Israeli and U.S. research teams in order to develop nanomedicines for the treatment of cancer, neurological diseases and cardiovascular disease.

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INSPIRATIONAL LIVES

A JW TRIBUTE

SHIMON PERES 1923 - 2016

CLOSE TO THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PASSING, AT THE AGE OF 93, WE USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL FIGURES. A GIANT OF ISRAEL’S FOUNDING GENERATION, THE LATE NINTH PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL AND NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE, HE PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN SHAPING THE DESTINY AND HISTORY OF THE JEWISH STATE, BECOMING A SYMBOL OF ENDURANCE, AND PEACE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD AND JEWISH GENERATIONS TO COME. BY DINA SZEINBLUM

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SHIMON PERES NAME: Szymon Persky - Shimon Peres BIRTH: August 2, 1923. Wieniawa, Poland (now Vishniev, Belarus) DEATH: September 28, 2016, (age 93) Israel PARENTS: Yitzhak and Sara Persky SPOUSE: Sonia Gelman CHILDREN: Zvia, Yoni, Chemi EDUCATION: The New School, New York University, Harvard University ALLEGIANCE: Israel

“When I was a child, Israel was a legend more than a reality. She emerged from a dream, and today she has surpassed that dream.”

Shimon Peres

FREEDOM FIGHTER A skilled diplomat, politician, statesman, writer, poet, and family man, Shimon Peres was principally a defender of peace at any cost. He lived his life with a great sense of purpose, hope, and possibility, and had a strong conviction that peace was possible in this world. President, twice Prime Minister of Israel and founder of The Peres Center for Peace, was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Oslo Accords along Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Even though it hasn’t yet been attained in the region, he is well remembered for his pursuit of peace in the Middle East and the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Making his mark in every chapter of modern Israel as a protagonist since its founding, for seven decades in a row he covered the full spectrum scale of power in his country, and despite the setbacks in the politics of the Jewish state, he maintained his parliamentary act in the Knesset continuously for almost 48 years. A recurrent minister of foreign affairs, he also held dozens of senior and ministerial positions such as defense and finance, an even closed his long career as head of state between 2007 and 2014. One of the most important legacies he left us was The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, focused on coexistence and peace-building programs for Israeli-Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians.

I felt that if I could make the world better for the young, that would be the greatest thing we can do. Today, we remember him by recalling his inspiring life and legacy to learn from his story, hoping that one day his amazing teachings will help us and the next generations to find happiness, coexistence and lasting peace.

LEFT PAGE PHOTO. President Peres speech, 2010 GPO-A.Ben Gershom

SHORT BIO: EARLY YEARS Born on August 2, 1923, in Wislawa, Poland, (now Vishnyeva, Belarus) to a Jewish family, in 1930 he emigrated with his family to the then Britishcontrolled Palestine as anti-Semitic violence escalated in central Europe. All his relatives who remained in Poland including Rabbi Meltzer, his grandfather, who had a great impact on his life, were murdered in the Holocaust. “As a child, I grew up in my grandfather’s home….I was educated by him….My grandfather taught me Talmud.” Peres recalls. Around 1934, his family settled in Tel Aviv, where he attended the Balfour Elementary School and later the Geula Gymnasium (High School for Commerce). At age 15, he left school and moved to the Ben Shemen agricultural school and lived on Kibbutz Geva for several years. He was one of the Alumot Kibbutz founders in the Galilee. Later he joined the Histadrut Labor Federation’s youth movement HaNoar Haoved in Tel Aviv, and leading it, won the majority. The head of the Mapai political party, David Ben-Gurion, and Berl Katznelson, appointed Shimon Peres to Mapai’s secretariat. In 1945, he married Sonia Gelman, who remained outside the public eye, and they had three children. IF YOU WILL IT IS NO DREAM... After World War II, in 1946, Peres and Moshe Dayan attended the Zionist Congress in Basel as youth delegates for the Mapai, joining there David Ben-Gurion, who later would become Peres’ political mentor, backing his program aiming to form an independent Jewish state in the Land of Israel, free from the control of Great Britain. In 1947 the British ceded the territory over to the United Nations, which partitioned the area into an Arab and Jewish state. Ben-Gurion was director of The Hagana, predecessor of the Israel Defense Forces, and in 1948, after proclaiming the State of Israel, seven neighboring Arab states instantly declared war on Israel. Peres was assigned several posts including military intelligence, arms procurement, and even the emergent Israeli Navy.


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1. David Ben Gurion (center), Shimon Peres (right) and Moshe Dayan (left) 1953, GPO-IPCT. 2. President Shimon Peres 90th Birthday, left to right: Barbara Streisand - Former US President Bill Clinton - Shimon Peres - P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu, GPO-Kobi Guideon. 3. Pope Francis visit to Israel, GPO-IPCT. 4. Shimon Peres celebrates Purim at Kibbutz, GPO-Mark Newman.

In the early 1950s, Peres was director of the Defense Ministry’s delegation in the United States. During his stay in the US, he studied English, economics, and philosophy at The New School, New York University and advanced management at Harvard University. Moving up the political ladder, in 1952 as defense minister, he masterminded the Sinai Campaign during the Suez Crisis. During this time, he and Ben-Gurion secretly began the development of Israel’s nuclear program. In 1965, he left the Mapai Labor Party and in 1968, with Ben-Gurion, formed the Israeli Labor Party, serving as its head between 1977 and 1992. Shimon Peres was twice defeated for prime minister by the opposition (Menachem Begin-Likud Party) and in 1976 he played an important part on the Entebbe rescue operation. In 1984, he formed a power-sharing arrangement with Likud’s head, Yitzhak Shamir, serving as prime minister for two years, even as minister of finance he helped reduce the annual inflation rate from 400% to 16%. THE QUEST FOR PEACE AND THE NOBEL PRIZE In 1986, as foreign minister, he started secret talks with Jordan’s King Hussein, hoping to achieve an agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir rejected it. In 1992, the Labor Party returned to power with Yitzhak Rabin as prime minister and Peres as foreign minister. Over the next two years, he was able to achieve his two greatest diplomatic successes: the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization and a peace treaty with Jordan. For his work, Peres won and shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, head of the PLO. THE PERES CENTER FOR PEACE IS BORN In 1995, after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, he took over as prime minister, pushing the peace process further even despite the terrorist attacks by Palestinian militants against Israeli civilians. In 1996, after losing his reelection, he resigned from the LaborParty to found The Peres Center for Peace. At the turn of the millennium, he served again as minister of foreign affairs in a National Unity government. He was chair of the Labor Party in 2003, losing in it, and in 2005 shocked everyone by supporting his old political rival, head of the Kadima, Ariel Sharon, as he believed the new party was the best chance for lasting peace with the Palestinians. ISRAELI PRESIDENCY & LATER YEARS In 2007, as an ultimate recognition for his lifelong service, at age 84, he was elected president of Israel. Ending the longest parliamentary career in his country’s history, he resigned from his seat in the Knesset.

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In 2012, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama for his “meritorious contributions to world peace.” He concluded his term as president in July 2014. Only two years later, in 2016, he suffered a serious stroke and passed away on September 28, 2016, at the age of 93. His funeral was held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, and he was buried in the Great Leaders of the Nation section. PERES LEGACY He was an indefatigable poet and writer, publishing 11 books including The Next Step (1965); David’s Sling (1970); And Now Tomorrow (1978); From These Men: seven founders of the State of Israel (1979); Entebbe Diary (1991); The New Middle East (1993), Battling for Peace: A Memoir (1995); For the Future of Israel (1998), The Imaginary Voyage: With Theodor Herzl in Israel (1999), Ben Gurion: A Political Life (2011) and later, in 2017, his posthumous book, No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel (2017). In his last book, finished only weeks before his passing, Peres offers a long-awaited examination of the crucial turning points in Israeli history through the prism of having been a decision maker and eyewitness, the book spans decades and events, and is about why it happened. Examining pivotal moments in Israel’s rise, exploring what makes for a great leader, and the liberating nature of imagination and unpredicted innovation, the book provides deep and universal wisdom for younger generations who seek to lead—be it in politics, business, or the broader service of making our planet a safer, more peaceful, and just place. THE PERES CENTER FOR PEACE AND INNOVATION Founded in 1996, The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is Israel’s leading non-profit organization promoting peace-building between Israel and its Arab neighbors, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Its core mission is to promote lasting peace and advancement in the Middle East by fostering tolerance, Book Cover courtesy Harper-Collins economic and technological development, cooperation and well-being, all in the spirit of late President Peres’ vision. It conducts dozens of projects, fostering socio-economic cooperation and people-to-people interactions, empowering the populations of this region to be actively engaged in peace-building.

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A WEDDING IN NAPA VALLEY

LOVE

OF FLOWERS EVERY FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGNER HAS A STYLE, A SIGNATURE. TODAY WE TALK TO NANCY LIU CHIN, WHO FOCUSES HER STYLE ON CREATING A WELCOMING, WARM AND RELAXED ATMOSPHERE FOR ALL, NO MATTER IF IT’S A SWEET AND “SIMPLE” GARDEN WEDDING OR A REGAL BALLROOM EVENT. THE WARMTH IS THE KEY.

BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN CHIN WEDDING PLANNER: JEANNIE SAVAGE, DETAILS DETAILS | FLORAL EVENT DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: NANCY LIU CHIN DESIGNS | CEREMONY CHAIRS, DINNER CHAIR, CEREMONY STRUCTURE: BLUEPRINT STUDIOS | LIGHTING: TWILIGHT | DANCE FLOORS, STAGE, CAKE ARBOR: BRIGHT EVENT RENTALS | ROSE GOLD FLATWARE, CABANAS: ENCORE | VINTAGE CHINA, VINTAGE GLASS, TRAYS: FRANCES LANE | LINENS: LA TAVOLA | BARS, MIRRORED TABLES, CONSOLE TABLES, PILLOWS: RION DESIGNS | VINTAGE FURNITURE, COUCHES, COFFEE TABLES, SIDE CHAIRS: FOUND RENTALS | CAKE: PERFECT ENDINGS.

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The incorporation of rose gold, rustic touches, and cream and ivory flowers further depict the garden in this stunning event.

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romantic, wine-country elegance theme begins with the underlying feeling of soothing sensations, just like the wine that flows in Napa Valley. With her instantly recognizable brand image, event and floral designer extraordinaire Nancy Liu Chin translates visions, wishes and desires into feelings of warmth and tranquility. Inspiration is the foundation for the planning process of any wedding. In this case, Nancy Liu Chin found her inspiration as she worked with the bride and her planner, designer Jeannie Savage of the firm Details Details. The bride had a scrapbook of ideas, keywords and clippings of images that exemplified her dream wedding. It was by looking at these images that they determined the underlying theme. She wanted a romantic garden wedding with an elegant and relaxed finish.

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For this outdoor wedding, which was celebrated right before dusk, the couple chose soothing pastels, blush, light pink, rose gold, cream and ivory. Hints of this palette were notable throughout the wedding, such as the white lace umbrellas that were available for guests to gracefully shield themselves from the afternoon sun. Upon defining the underlying theme, the next mission was to evoke emotions in the guests through the decor. When guests see a transformation of a space, they should be able to appreciate the minute details of how polished, tidy and well-designed that space is. Upon achieving this, Nancy Liu Chin made it the frame of the work, because she believes the attention should be on the couple, who are the true masterpiece of every wedding. That is why she created a dramatic focal point for them.


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Outdoor events require an intricate attention to detail when it comes to lighting; this is achieved through the numerous chandeliers and candles near the dining area. Details are everywhere; the lounge area within the garden has comfortable yet refined furniture as if the event were hosted in a cozy home or elegant ballroom, equipped with dainty centerpieces.

For this wedding, a lush, white and blush hued canopy with a chandelier portrayed the refined and romantic tone. The ceremony for this wedding commenced on the Meadowood Napa Valley golf course, which was then transformed into a delightful garden. The bride achieved the welcoming and warm atmosphere she sought for her guests, and created the formal soiree without a hint of complication or fuss. Celebrating the couple’s unique personality traits was also considered throughout the event. As this couple has a strong love for music, the band and dance floor were outdoors so that the guests could be serenaded during the dinner. From the celebration through the photographs and on to the reception, music established the jovial mood. Hospitality goes a long way, especially in a garden setting. Plenty of seating space was available, including lounge areas which were designed with beige-colored sofas and accompanying pink chairs. The bar area, equipped with carafes, shakers and glasses, also set the tone for this festive afternoon delight. With over 700 weddings to her credit, Nancy Liu Chin recommends taking the time to enjoy the moment, or as she puts it, “I like to say this to brides and grooms: ‘Take it all in. Take a few moments during the wedding day and just stop, look, breathe, smell... just the two of you. It really goes by so fast.” 90

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ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL NAPA WEDDING, SHE CONCLUDED BY SAYING: There is one moment that is imprinted in my mind. I remember the couple as they walked through their reception before their guests arrived, just the two of them. The look on the bride’s face was priceless. You could tell her dreams and wishes were achieved. You could see her smiling and him looking at her, and he was beaming. I know the groom probably didn’t know the difference between peonies and garden roses, and the bride didn’t know how many hours the planner and I had discussions about the details, but at that moment, as the bride and groom were walking through their reception looking at the details and smiling at each other, I knew that we had made them feel wonderfully... and that’s the point of it all.

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ART - ARTIST PROFILE

A TALK WITH ARTIST NEIL KERMAN

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CALLING ARTIST NEIL KERMAN’S FIRST CAREER MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN PAINTING, BUT IT CERTAINLY SPARKED IT. OWNING AND OPERATING NURSING HOMES, HE WORKED WITH RESIDENTS AND CREATED ART PROGRAMS FOR THEM. NOW, HE DOES BOTH, WITH PASSION AND TALENT, AND THE RESULTS HAVE SURPRISED CRITICS, GALLERISTS AND THE ARTIST HIMSELF.

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nlike the story artists often tell, Neil Kerman’s passion for painting was not one he was born with, but rather, something he “fell into.” You would never know it by the quality of his work. His paintings are so rich in color and boundless creativity, and each so very special, that his talent is one you would assume took an entire lifetime to develop. His tutelage did not stem from formal training at a fine arts school—it is natural. As he travels the world with his art, he makes it his business to visit nursing homes within the particular city he is visiting to conduct art programs with the residents. “It takes a special kind of person to work with the senior population, but I’m naturally cheerful and positive. People are born with specific natures and personalities, and this is mine. You have to feel it, and want to give it,” says Kerman. His first painting was created just for fun, with the intention of enlivening the walls of one of his nursing home facilities. Once he saw the positive effect it had on the residents, he was motivated to continue. The immediate feeling of joy his painting brought them was evident. Kerman compares it to putting on a figure-flattering dress or a swipe of lipstick that enhances one’s complexion. His metaphor is how beauty can beget happiness. “When the residents see beautiful things, it makes them feel great. And if you feel good, you tend to heal,” he notes. Once he saw the affirmative response, he realized the power he harnessed and found other ways to put it to use. He now applies his creativity as a therapeutic modality which not only treats disabilities and illness, but also optimizes health and wellness. He finds the technique even works on himself, as painting always lifts his spirits. “When I start a canvas, sometimes it’s a bright yellow, sometimes a black, but once I start painting, I immediately become a happier person,” says Kerman.

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Seen here is Heart of Glass. Kerman integrates unexpected tones that would not be found in a nature-made leaf. “Color is energy. The blue symbolizes the water that helps things grow, and the sky above,” he explains. LEFT ABOVE. “Life is about color. It heals us and makes us feel good,” says Kerman, who in this piece called Lotus Position from his Color Blast collection, lets his work explode with vibrant hues. Blessedness, is a nonfigurative version of a colorful map.“Throughout our world, we might be separated into countries and continents, but we all have the same universal elements, like water and sunlight,” explains Kerman.

Kerman’s works, though varied, have a common thread—intense color palettes and strong gesture. They are lustrous, radiant, saturated and provocative. One never knows what he or she will discover in his abstract expressions. He’s not married to one medium, although he does favor acrylic paints because they blend so well and allow him to get what he’s striving for onto the canvas, but he might also use gesso, or add varnish to enjoy its surprising effect. “As it dries, the paint separates, and I might end up with a circle of orange with a white center, reminiscent of a sun spot.” Nor is he committed to a single art tool. He might experiment with a scrunched paper towel, or a rolled-up T-shirt, just to see what intriguing texture might result, and for sure, he’s not afraid to get dirty—he might go through a few pairs of sneakers every few weeks before a work is finished. The joy Kerman’s work brings is obviously contagious, because while it wasn’t his goal when he started painting, he has nevertheless enjoyed incredible success. His artistic journey has taken him around the world, connecting with galleries in places such as New York and Brazil, and even receiving an

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invitation to the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. “It all happened quite by accident,” says Kerman. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d have a solo show at the United Nations, or even be asked for my autograph on a plane.” He finds it thrilling to meet other artists around the world and enjoys sharing techniques with them. He’s beyond flattered when an interior designer is inspired to design an entire room around one of his pieces. Kerman isn’t stubborn. He will gladly work in any scale. A 40-foot wall doesn’t intimidate him in the least. Even when he works smaller, as in his ART STX series which are only 78 inches long and a mere 6 inches wide and meant for small spaces, people will buy them in bulk and combine them to make one large piece. Incidentally, the Saatchi Gallery in London sold them out when he first presented them there.

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o stop at the work of Deborah Levy is to discover the spell of subtlety. A subtle spell that leads us to think and smile with placidity. Her women seen from the back, with their vaporous gauze clothes that show off roundness. Women without a face Vital women, women who know how to cry, laugh, dream, live. Romantic women, no age determined. Like exiting unexpectedly of a story or a dream. Like those dreams without time, or those stories without hours or end. We like the elements that let imagination play, those that some call magic. And in the subtlety of these works the racial origins of the artist are combined, her childhood seasoned with the iconography of the East: Istanbul, with her Topkapi, her Caliphs, Hagia Sophia with her opulence, also with her dreamlike bazaars. Then, the cold of Europe and finally, the warmth of the Venezuelan tropics, which have enriched her imagination and sensitivity. To walk visually through her work, is to find a style of her own, with personality, with strength, but above all: sensitivity. It is a well finished work, of meticulous execution, that rejoices in the most tiny details and enjoys them.

Deborah Levy: “Enigma” 60x36

Deborah Levy, knows herself a good draftsman and plays with the stroke, with the line, her firm, sure, almost architect’s line, which becomes sensual when she recreates in the forms of the female body. She rejoices in each fold of the garments and integrates it to the figure that does not want for


any reason to show their identity. Mysterious, dual identity is none other than her own Alter Ego, shy and most of the time, capricious. In the works of Deborah, there is plastic beauty. She manages an aesthetic that is increasingly refined, but beyond that impression, she transmits feelings, emotions, because the artist, has as a witness to her work her own spiritual evolution. A Spiritual life rich in nuances and colors. Her works enlarge me, they are clean and orderly and their greatest quality is that charm that gives its subtlety.

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Deborah Levy: “Raindrops” 36x36

Deborah Louisanna De Franko Levy was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Her life took her from Turkey to Austria to Israel and then Venezuela. While developing her unique artistic talent in Venezuela she studied architectural design and fashion design finishing with both degrees of specialization. Dedicating herself full time to her biggest love: painting, she has made a mark in the art world; her works are sold and admired in Venezuela, the United States and Colombia. Being very selective of where her work is being shown, only a few galleries are exhibiting her work. One gallery in each of Curacao, Caracas, New York and Chicago currently are approved galleries.

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BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR

I TALIAN K I TCH EN D E S IGNE R S C AVO LINI

FROM PESARO TO THE WORLD

SYNONYMOUS WITH MILLENNIAL ART, THE LATEST FASHION AND DESIGN, AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S FAVORITE CUISINES, FEW COUNTRIES ENJOY THE SAME REPUTATION FOR QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP AS ITALY. IN THIS ISSUE, JEWISH WAY VISITS EUROCUCINA DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCAVOLINI KITCHEN, A KITCHEN MANUFACTURING FIRM WHICH EXEMPLIFIES THE ITALIAN TRADITION OF ART, QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP, FASHION, AND FOOD.

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ounded in Pesaro in 1961 by brothers Valter and Elvino Scavolini, Scavolini Cucine has been a market leader and innovator of Italian modern kitchen design for decades. The original artisanal factory is now an industrial plant of over 200,000 square meters (2,152,782 square feet) operated by a staff of more than 500 full-time employees and craftsmen. Yet, despite maintaining such a large-scale operation, Scavolini is strongly committed to safe environmental practice in everything they do. Their kitchen panels are made from 100% post-consumption wood with the lowest emissions of formaldehyde worldwide and, in 2011, the company installed a photovoltaic system to power its plant--the largest solar roof system of its kind in the region. In addition to its commitment to the environment, Scavolini is dedicated to serving the local communities where it establishes its showrooms. Through the community outreach efforts of The Scavolini Foundation, the company fulfills its mission of being a positive, active member of its community. “It is essential for us,” Showroom Manager Kay Griggs explains, “to form part of the local community. We want communities to see us as a business that will develop roots within the community and connect with its residents. We are excited to be part of each region and fully intend to become an intricate part of it. We are determined to be involved and want to make a positive contribution to our new neighborhoods.” When Jewish Way visited EuroCucina’s showroom, we were pleased to discover a simple approach to kitchen and bathroom remodeling. “With the guidance of an expert design consultant and architect,” Griggs explains, “the client is able to find support and solutions throughout the seemingly-daunting and often complicated remodeling process, because we offer the customer a complete remodeling service.” As we discovered, EuroCucina offers over 40 models of kitchen cabinets in 350 different finishes to adapt to all tastes, needs, and preferences, all of them manufactured at their cutting-edge plant in Italy. However, EuroCucina does not focus exclusively on kitchens; the Bathroom

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Collection offers six diverse lines to fully-furnish practical and relaxing spaces. The collection includes sanitary and plumbing pieces, and finishes such as sinks, shower units, suspended or freestanding taps, and a line of over 30 lighting systems. All series are designed to create a coordinated ambiance meeting each customer’s practical needs. “Our showroom provides tools to allow people to become familiar with our models, to better understand their needs and desires for their space, and also to understand the accessories available, allowing our customer to choose, or build, their own custom kitchen or bath,” Griggs explained. For the inexperienced homeowner, or one who does not have the advice of an experienced designer, EuroCucina offers services to aid in the complicated remodeling process. “While we have a long-standing affiliation with wellknown interior designers, architects and developers, we welcome all in search of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms,” says Griggs “For that reason, we have experienced designers and architects on site to help navigate through plans, drawings and ideas; all of this, while offering a price point for most budgets.” Creating an adaptable space is essential to EuroCucina’s design team, including creating kitchens and bathrooms perfectly adaptable for use by residents with special needs that meet and exceed ADA guidelines. “What sets us apart from other kitchen and bath companies,” Griggs continues, “is not only the high quality of the product, but our customer service. From our designers to our installers we offer a standard of excellence superior to many.” When asked about EuroCucina’s company philosophy, Griggs replies that EuroCucina “understands consumers are much more demanding, well informed and mature than in the past, and need a brand capable of communicating, providing service, and guaranteeing constant quality”. He adds, “We strive for our clients to be satisfied with their purchase because, as we all know, a satisfied customer will speak highly of us, and this is our mission.” From two carpenters in Pesaro, Italy to a vast global operation, Scavolini has come a long way, keeping the same spirit with which it began, and always contributing to the communities it embraces.

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IN T ERVIEW W ITH JE WISH FASH IO N E N TR E P R E N E UR

THE POWER

OF MODESTY ENTREPRENEUR AND VISIONARY ALAN OHANA ALONG WITH HIS WIFE ILANA TOLSTANO HAVE EMBELLISHED THE REALM OF JEWISH MODESTY THROUGH THEIR BOUTIQUE TSNIOUT RUNWAY, ONE MODEST PIECE AT A TIME. BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN

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sniout Runway is all about combining current trends into modest wear. Dressing modestly, covering up, has been a Jewish value for ages, and founders Alan, Ila and Mijal have effectively combined quality and style with this tradition. The boutique opened in Surfside, Florida, together with an online store that ships worldwide, and are planning store expansions to other cities. They offer an intimate and personal approach to purchasing women’s modest attire. Pieces from a variety of styes and brands are nicely showcased in a modern and comfortable setting. For those shopping online, the experience is seamless and user-friendly.

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JW: WHAT IS TSNIOUT RUNWAY? AO: Tsniout Runway is a boutique, both brick & mortar and online, that sells and designs fashion forward apparel for style-conscious, sophisticated women that wish to dress modestly, in non-revealing clothing. We work closely with each customer to ensure her image and style is reflected in each piece they buy. In 2015, we opened our first store in Miami and our website where we upload new styles every week. The TR Runway brand has become renowned for carrying modest everyday and special occasion apparel and accessories. Our products can best be described as classic and traditional women’s fashion with a contemporary twist. From casual to dressy and everything in-between, there is something in the Tsniout Runway collection for every style, every body type, and every personality out there. Utilizing trendy cuts, high quality fabrics, and


a wide variety of embellishment techniques, the products take on a life of their own and definitely stand out in a crowd. We are continually on top of forecasts and trends to offer our customers the latest in style, fit and materials to look and feel great. We design and sell products that are inspired and handcrafted to fit different lifestyles. JW: What inspired you to open Tsniout Runway? AO: I found there was a need to have a boutique that offers modest yet trendy clothing. I wanted to create a portal where the best brands from the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel, as well as our own brand, would be showcased. JW: WHILE EMBARKING ON THIS JOURNEY, WHAT IS YOUR VISION? AO: I feel that all Jewish women can look their best and show their beauty without compromising modesty or style. As a result, we

have created the brand Ashira, which focuses on the modern Jewish woman; she remains modest in her attire without having to sacrifice cut, colors or quality. JW: WHAT IS TSNIOUT RUNWAY’S ADDED VALUE? I realized it was important to offer a boutique for the Jewish public who comes from all over the world, as well as the one that shops locally in South Florida. Under one shop, I wanted to satisfy the demand for modest attire with the most popular brands in the United States. A woman should feel empowered to have options and styles to express her own personality. JW: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR? AO: I recommend that aspiring entrepreneurs search for what is highly sought-after in the

area and supply it from another point of view. Personally, my team and I have years of experience in the wholesale sector, and we knew there were other shops that sell modest attire in South Florida. We differentiate ourselves by offering a personalized service to our clients, within a boutique style ambience with enticing prices. JW: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOTTO? AO: I focus on maintaining and elevating the power of modesty. I share the same view as many of history’s greatest designers, that in fashion, “showing less is more.”

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For more information visit www.trrunway.com


BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR

FURNIT UR E DE SI G N ER C A M ER IC H

DESIGN

FOR DESIRE THE BRAND AMBASSADOR AND DESIGN DIRECTOR FOR FURNITURE DESIGNER CAMERICH IN SOUTH FLORIDA, ANDREA GAMIZ HAYON, SEEKS TO TRANSFORM THE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE-SHOPPING EXPERIENCE INTO A PROCESS OF DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION. SHE SHARES WITH JEWISH WAY JUST WHAT SHE MEANS.

BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN

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esigning every detail of a home, from the furniture to the lighting, encompasses a deep sense of creativity. Camerich, which has been in the furniture industry creating luxury design pieces since 1997 seeks to provide this deep and unique creativity. Today, they have an impressive global network spanning over 60 countries and regions. Camerich has maintained its commitment to producing quality design products that are modern and minimalist. Andrea Gamiz Hayon, a creative professional who has had previous experience in interior design and renovations for apartments and houses in the US such as the luxurious Fendi Chateau Residences, Oceana Bal Harbour, Marina Palms and many homes in the West Palm Beach area is taking Camerich to the streets of South Florida. Her approach is to transform


the typical furniture-shopping experience into a process of discovery and innovation to deliver a unique home design to each and every customer. Not only the brand ambassador but also the design director for Camerich Miami, Andrea became first involved with the industry at a mere 22 years of age. As a distinguished architect and interior designer, Andrea’s previous experience in the field and the unconditional support and guidance from her family has prepared her to properly lead the Camerich brand. She not only provides clients with a product, but also an attitude to life. Her mission is to provide a “complete turnkey,” where she promises her clients a home ready to be lived in. Camerich furniture is produced by artisans in modern facilities using only premium materials. Their creations are also environmentally friendly and have colorfastness and wear resistance, yet they are not compromised in color or texture. All of their materials such as fabrics, leather, marbles, woods, metals, and hardware come from top global providers, to ensure that their durability and cleanliness that exceed standards, providing for an end product that is not only luxurious and comfortable, but safe as well. As explained by Andrea, “Unique accessories are an important part of telling the story.” For this, she includes her own personal style combining it with her clients’ personal taste. Andrea’s fresh and minimalistic style is reflected in the neutral palette of grays, beiges, and whites with a pop of an accent color as a statement. Being the young and modern person that she is, Andrea provides this advice at the Camerich Miami location around the clock, to guide clients in every step of the way in their projects--from buying a lounge chair to designing an entire living space. The combination of Camerich’s creativity with Andrea Gamiz Hayon’s style, realizes Camerich’s mission of providing quality modern furnishings to successfully enhance lifestyles. Andrea’s motto is “Design for desire” and she explains that “it’s all about the art of simplicity at home.” As South Florida’s modern real estate continues its growth, Camerich’s furnishings along with Andrea’s vision will surely help to keep the city at the forefront of interior design.

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For more information please call 305.390.8226 or visit www.camerichmiami.com


BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR

PRO F I L E O F A STYL E M AK E R

FEEL GOOD TODAY WE SCHMOOZE WITH DEBORAH D. LANDON, THE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA STYLIST AND IMAGEMAKER WHO IS ALL PASSION FOR FASHION. IN THIS ARTICLE, SHE SHARES HER STORY AND HER VISION.

BY LINDA MARX PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PRICE PHOTOGRAPHY

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rowing up in Westchester, New York, Deborah D. Landon was consumed with style and fashion. She liked to dress up and shop with her mother at exclusive Manhattan department stores like Lord & Taylor, B. Altman & Co. and Best & Co. “I loved the color, excitement and ‘of the moment’ feeling of being around fashion,” says Landon, who now lives seasonally in Palm Beach, Florida, accessorizing and advising her private clients on how to look and feel their best. Landon has a natural sense of style. She inherited it from her mother, who was a fashion-consumed homemaker. “My mother had an innate sense of fashion and style and looked like someone who just stepped out of Vogue magazine,” says Landon. “She

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was classy, refined and beautiful. I remember seeing her wearing a fur coat, and I thought she was the most beautiful woman ever!” Also the daughter of a respected publisher, Landon was raised with style and panache by both parents. As a teen, she often traveled to Europe with her family, where she visited the world’s most exciting fashion houses. Especially inspired by the couture in Paris and London, the entire experience left a lasting impression. “I saw French stylists take a shirt, skirt and accessory and put them together in a simple yet elegant way,” says Landon. “I saw couture fashion used beautifully, and I was also impressed with the merchandising at many wonderful boutiques on Bond Street in London.” Back home in New York, Landon’s love for opera and theater further inspired her to study fashion. She was smitten with the theatrical take on costumes and fabrics, and the way creative people put the look together. After seeing a performance of the opera “Carmen,” filled with color, pageantry and passion, Landon became even more fascinated by fashion. After finishing prep school, she attended Colby College and then New York’s Wood Tobe-Coburn School For Fashion Careers where she studied fashion merchandising and promotion. She later added a Bachelor of Art History at Marymount College because she loved art and felt it was a great combination with fashion. Deborah D. Landon spent the next 20 years working as a fashion coordinator, counselor and buyer for a variety of prestigious New York

stores such as B. Altman & Co. and Stern Brothers, immersing herself in mixing and matching stylish clothing and accessories. “I have always liked working with products like jewelry, sportswear, shoes and other leather goods,” says Landon. “I would select just the right jewelry to put with shoes and other fine designs. I enjoyed pairing wonderful merchandise so it looked fabulous together.” After a stint selling designer jewelry to Tiffany & Co. and Saks Fifth Ave., Landon also began working with major corporations on their art purchases where her eye for color, texture and form gave her another layer of expertise. She was quickly amazed at the similarities in her passions. “I discovered a deep connection between art and fashion,” she says. “That collaboration helped in my work advising people how to realize their fashion potential by simply making a few changes. I love all of it and especially like putting it all together.” “Clients often wear prints that make them look too large, or pick colors that don’t suit them, or accessorize with the wrong scarf, necklace or belt,” she says. “My work satisfaction comes from knowing that I have made suggestions to help people feel good about themselves both inside and out.” In the end, feeling good about yourself and communicating it to the world through fashion is what it’s all about.

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For more information call 561.818.1300 or email deborah@ddlstyle.com


CULTURE & ENTERTAIMENT

TV & VIDEO

YOU From the ever-popular network Lifetime comes You, a 21st century love story that asks the question, “What would you do for love?” When scholarly and savvy bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) crosses paths with aspiring writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), the answer becomes instantly clear: anything. Relying on his vast internet abilities, he plots to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Using research and social media as his spy devices, he gathers her most intimate details to get close to her, and as he strategically removes any obstacle—or person—that gets in the way. What begins as an awkward crush soon turns to obsession. The series, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, also stars Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, and Shay Mitchell, with a special guest appearance by John Stamos. You premieres September 9 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime. www.mylifetime.com

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a magical adventure that tells the spine-tingling tale of a 10-year-old boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. When Lewis unintentionally awakens the dead, the façade of his sleepy new town jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches. Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural). The cast sparkles with Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan. The House With A Clock In Its Walls will be released September 21, 2018, by Universal Pictures. www.housewithaclock.com

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THEATER

THE KING AND I One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I is a musical set in 1860’s Bangkok that tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the king brings to the imperialistic Siam to teach modernistic ways to his many wives and children. The King And I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “Shall We Dance.” “I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” – The Wall Street Journal The King and I runs from November 20 to December 2, 2018, at The Broward Center of the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. www.browardcenter.org www.kingandimusical.com

BOOKS

60 DAYS Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s ‘60 DAYS: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays’ is a 240-page illustrated book in color-- filled with daily inspirations and exercises, fascinating facts and history-- that deciphers and brings alive the prayer services and traditions of the rich holiday season. The High Holiday season is a paradox for many. On the one hand, these are awesome days, full of tradition and history. Yet, how many of us are truly transformed on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? 60 DAYS addresses this dilemma by offering practical and spiritual tools to revitalize and invigorate the holiday experience, both for those new to the experience and those who have become all-too familiar with it-- the non-affiliated and the affiliated. 60 Days is a fascinating journey through the most powerful two months of Elul and Tishrei — a 60-day journey toward finding hope, love, fulfillment and the realization of your deepest aspirations-- a journey to discover your calling and to establish a relationship with G-d.

OPERA

ANNA NETREBKO AND YUSIF EYVAZOV For one night only, two of the world’s most revered opera voices, soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov, will perform in concert. Anna Netrebko, today’s reigning prima donna, brings the distinctively beautiful voice, abundant charisma and arresting stage presence that make an indelible impression with every role she portrays. Together with her husband Yusif Eyvazov, they make a breathtaking tandem on stage. The program will be conducted by Denis Vlasenko, and will feature music by Italian composers Verdi, Cilea, Boito, Mascagni, Puccini, Catalani and more! Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Knight Concert Hall Sunday, October 28 www.arshtcenter.org


ON THE TABLE

B E A U T I F U L LY- D E S I G N E D W E L L N E S S C E N T E R N U RT U R E S T H E B O D Y A N D S O U L

NURTURING

THE SOUL

WITH THE REALIZATION THAT WELLNESS IS PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, ENTREPRENEUR KARLA DASCAL OFFERS A PLANT-BASED WELLNESS COMPLEX, FEATURING DESIGNED GARDENS, A PLANT-BASED RESTAURANT AND INDOOR AND OUTDOOR OPEN SPACES FOR YOGA, TALKS AND PRIVATE EVENTS. BOTH VENUES CAN BE USED TO CELEBRATE SIMCHAS WITH KOSHER CATERING AVAILABLE.

BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SONJA GARNITSCHNIG PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE RESTAURANT BY GIO ALMA

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arla Dascal’s path to wellness is an exemplification of her values. She is a wellness entrepreneur and events producer leading dynamic businesses including The Sacred Space Miami, Karla Conceptual Events and Paradise Farms. A Miami native, Karla began her career in 1992 and quickly became a top event and wedding producer. However, her events business took a toll on her health, as she was diagnosed with diabetes, chronic anxiety, high cholesterol and depression. This led her to embark on a pioneering and spiritual journey to align health, business and family. To this day, she is a strong advocate of food as medicine, which makes her energetic, vibrant and balanced. She follows the Ayurvedic proverb, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct,

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medicine is of no need.” This inward voyage allowed her to dedicate her life to bringing awareness to holistic health and wellness practices, which resulted in the creation of The Sacred Space Miami, an all-encompassing wellness campus in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. As a center for holistic living, wellness education, and transformative experiences, The Sacred Space is committed to furthering the health and wellness revolution. With the understanding that living a holistic lifestyle is about treating the whole person, including the mind, body and spirit, Karla set out to offer not only the food aspect but a complete center for personal growth and transformation, which offers courses ranging from yoga to aromatherapy. Classes at The Sacred Space Miami incorporate


LEFT. Chef Rivadero and pastry Chef Veronica Manolizi. RIGHT. Plant Miami owner Karla Dascal.

experts and cutting-edge studies from around the world, many disciplines and various wellness paths. The leaders, experts and speakers gathering at the space include anyone from prominent integrative doctors to professionals and people devoting their life to research and evolution. As Karla Dascal quickly realized that food heals, Restaurant Plant Miami now incorporates a wide array of superfoods, vibrant fruits and vegetables as well as culinary techniques. Its chef Horacio Rivadero is a James Beard Award “Best Chef South” semifinalist, presenting a menu guided by functional nutrition, with the use of superfoods and medicinal herbs in many dishes. Much of the produce, microgreens and edible flowers come from their own organic biodynamic Paradise Farms located in Homestead. Plant Miami recently launched Plant Culinary to teach plant-based basics in a state-of-the-art cooking academy connected to the restaurant. As Karla is focused on healing and bringing this education to South Florida, her teaching approach allows individuals to

incorporate this nutrient-dense lifestyle into their daily lives, learning how to make anything from soups to delectable dishes to healthy desserts. The beautiful place features a contemporary environment designed by celebrated Miami architect Rene Gonzalez, with a view of the immaculate, exposed kitchen, illustrating a deep commitment to the integrity and transparency of process. Seamlessly interfacing between indoor and outdoor, the patio integrates the natural beauty of the space. Diners overlook a gold-tiled reflecting pond, a guava grove, a meditation garden and an outdoor lounge. With its modern approach and distinctive setting, Plant Miami is a platform for Miami’s sub-tropical climate and broad cultural influences, integrating a distinctive harmony with holistic wellness, quality ingredients, skilled technique, and exquisite plating. With the acquisition of the iconic Paradise Farms, one of South Florida’s earliest certified organic farms, Karla is expanding The Sacred Space Miami to offer wellness retreats, gatherings, digital detoxes and more. Paradise Farms incorporates the “Farm to Chef” vision, which brings organic produce to the best chefs in Miami, including of course to Plant Miami, where everyone can enjoy celebrations with Kosher catering available. The biodynamic farm offers mushrooms, microgreens, and tropical fruits such as mangoes, lychees, and dragon fruit among others. Further adding to her vision is a boutique named Flow Miami. It is a curated wellness boutique that offers handpicked serums, tonics, elixirs and beyond. The Sacred Space is thus comprised of the entirety of Karla Dascal’s vision: a beautiful haven to lounge, relax and nurture the soul. It includes the restaurant and dining area and additional expansive indoor and outdoor event spaces for a combined 36,000 square feet. The venue areas can be separated or united depending on one’s needs to enjoy private celebrations with Kosher catering available. It has a wide array of wellness courses ranging from nutrition to yoga. Her boutique, with its overall blissful atmosphere is a clear reflection of her vision. Celebrating a simcha in this space assures it will be a memorable one!


CACIO DI FUNGI KELP NOODLE, CASHEW TRUFFLE BÉCHAMEL, PEA SHOOT BÉCHAMEL, BABY ARUGULA SERVES 8

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6 cups truffle béchamel 4 cups pea shoot béchamel 4 bags kelp noodles 1 lb. baby arugula

PEA SHOOT BECHAMEL: • • •

1 quart béchamel (plain) 1 box pea shoot sprouts ½ tbsp pink salt

PREPARATION: Prepare the béchamel from the truffle recipe without the truffle oil or truffles Add the pea shoot sprouts and blend in a high–speed blender until smooth. Add salt if needed.

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TRUFFLE BÉCHAMEL: • • • • • • • • • •

4 cups soaked cashews 3 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder ¼ cup truffle oil 1 tbsp minced truffles 1 1/2 cup water

PREPARATION: Soak the cashew nuts overnight, rinse and strain. Blend all ingredients in a high- speed blender until smooth and creamy. Add the truffle oil. Add confit truffle to the mixture until it’s noticeable. Add more oil or confit truffle to taste.

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4 bags kelp noodles 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup tamari 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup agave

PREPARATION: Place the kelp noodles into a large container. Add baking soda and lemon juice. Mix and let soak for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water Add tamari, olive oil and agave and refrigerate in a covered container in the refrigerator. Cut down noodles into small strands with scissors, about 6”.

ASSEMBLY AND PLATING: Place the kelp noodles in a large mixing bowl with the truffle béchamel and baby arugula. Mix well. On a large serving plate evenly spread the pea shoot béchamel. Place the noodles in the middle of the dish in a mound. Garnish with the baby arugula.


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SUMMER SQUASH LASAGNA

WALNUT BOLOGNES:

SUMMER SQUASH, KALE PESTO, SPINACH BÉCHAMEL, WALNUT BOLOGNES, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, BASIL. SERVES 8

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3 cups soaked overnight walnuts 2 cups diced plum tomatoes 1 cup sundried tomato paste ½ cup dices shallots ½ cup small diced carrots ¼ cup sliced celery 1 tbsp ground cumin

½ tbsp ground coriander 1 cup basil leaves 2 tbsp agave nectar 2 tbsp fresh thyme minced ¼ cup lemon juice 1 cup olive oil ½ tbsp red chili flakes

PREPARATION: INGREDIENTS: • • • •

2 cups kale pesto 6 cups walnut bolognes 4 cups spinach béchamel 4 heirloom tomatoes

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5 medium summer squash fresh basil to garnish 4 tbsp Italian parsley minced

KALE PESTO:

SPINACH BÉCHAMEL: • • • • •

4 cup soaked cashews 2 cups raw macadamias 3 tbsp nutritional yeast 1 ½ tsp onion powder ¾ tsp ground nutmeg

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½ tsp ground white pepper 2 cup raw macadamias 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt 2 cups baby spinach 1 ½ cup water

PREPARATION: Soak the cashews overnight, rise before use Blend cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, pink salt and one cup of water in a high-speed blender until smooth. Place the mixture in a large mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for ten minutes. Place the macadamia nuts and a, half cup of water into the blender. Blend until the mixture is fluffy, like the consistency of ricotta cheese. Combine in large mixing bowl with the cashew béchamel and Julienne baby spinach.

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Place the sundried tomatoes in the high-speed blender and blend until paste texture. Place in a large mixing bowl. Rinse the overnight soaked walnuts. Place in a food processor and pulse into small pieces. Add to the tomato paste. Combine the rest of the ingredients and place into the food processor. Pulse a few times until all the ingredients are in small pieces. Mix with tomato paste and the walnut pesto and combine very well. Season with pink salt.

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1 ½ cup fresh basil leaves 2 cup fresh kale leaves 1 cup mint leaves 2 cup Italian parsley leaves

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1 tbsp chickpea miso 1 lemon zested and juiced ¾ cup olive oil

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

PREPARATION: Combine the ingredients in a food processor until smooth consistency. Refrigerate.

ASSEMBLY AND PLATING With a mandolin shave longwise thin slices of summer squash (around 4” long). Placed the squash slices in a large mixing bowl. Season with the Himalayan pink salt, minced Italian parsley and a light drizzle of olive oil. Line up two parallel squash sheets on a serving plate. Layer with one spoon of walnut bolognes, followed with the heirloom tomato slices and then one spoon spinach béchamel . Repeat the layering two more times. Drizzle the kale pesto over the top. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.


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CHOCOLATE PLATE SERVES 8

INGREDIENTS: • • • • •

Chocolate avocado ice cream Chocolate tahini truffles Chocolate rose essence ganache Chocolate sauce Coco nibs semi sweet

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO ICE CREAM: • • • • • • •

1 whole avocado 14 oz agave 10 oz almond milk 12 oz soaked cashews 7 oz cacao powder 1tsp Himalayan pink salt 3.5 oz coconut oil

PREPARATION: Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, except the coconut oil, until smooth texture. Add the coconut oil and keep blending for one more minute on high- speed. Store in the freezer for one hour.

CHOCOLATE TAHINI TRUFFLES: • • • • • •

1 cup raw cashews 1 cup agave 1 cup cacao butter 1 cup tahini 1 cup cacao powder ½ cup toasted black or white sesame seeds

PREPARATION: Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 4 x4 inch stainless steel container. Store in the freezer for one hour. Scoop to roll into balls using a small ice-cream scooper. Place the sesame seeds in a small non-stick pan without using any oil. Toast the sesame seeds for about 2 minutes, then roll the chocolate truffles with the toasted sesame seeds.

ASSEMBLY AND PLATING On a large serving plate place the rose essences ganache, tahini truffles and the ice cream. drizzle with chocolate. Finish with coco nibs.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:

CHOCOLATE ROSE ESSENCE GANACHE:

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½ cup maple syrup ½ cup cacao powder ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt

PREPARATION: Blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Store into a plastic squeeze bottle and refrigerate.

1cup cacao powder 1 cup coconut oil 1 cup agave ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt ½ tsp rose essences

PREPARATION: Blend all the ingredients until very smooth., Pour the mixture into 7” x 5” glass food container with parchment paper. Store in the freezer for one hour. Cut into one inch squares, to serve.

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